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FCW Insider: Sept. 23

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is increasingly putting plan allocations for its more than 5 million participants online. Now the board's Office of Financial Services is looking for vendors to help with fraud prevention. Lia Russell has the story.

Chris Krebs said the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is already taking on many of the defunct White House cybersecurity coordinator's old responsibilities. But with a new National Security Adviser coming on board at the White House, will the cyber coordinator post make comeback? Derek B. Johnson takes a look.

The U.S. Air Force released a new strategy to address digital warfare over the next decade. The new plan comes in tandem with the news about the structure of a new, consolidated cyber and information warfare command. Lauren C. Williams reports.

The White House is stressing upgrades in customer experience and some front line officials say the human touch is just as important to CX as new tech. Get more from Mark Rockwell.

Quick Hits

*** The Defense Innovation Unit is seeking vendors for a data analytics program that involves ingesting data and developing insights about "strategic activity abroad" from open source web content. The AI Based Knowledge Graphing program is looking for the ability to work with and translate non-English sources, link insights to raw data and where necessary conceal personally identifiable information found in news reports, blogs, academic papers and other open source content.

*** A supply chain task force convened by the Department of Homeland Security released an interim report last week including a recommendation that would push civilian procurement in the direction of Defense Department practices when it comes to buying tech gear from potentially dicey resellers.

*** Mid-sized businesses are getting squeezed by size-standard rules in federal contracting, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The problem is concentrated around companies that received contracts as set asides for small businesses and then experienced growth.

*** So far, all is quiet on Oracle's JEDI appeal, notes Nick Wakeman in Washington Technology.

Posted on Sep 23, 2019 at 3:21 AM


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