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FCW Insider: Oct. 7

Almost 18 months after their issuance, President Donald Trump's workforce executive orders are going into effect. The Office of Personnel Management issued orders on Friday for agencies to pick up on plans – put on pause by legal challenges – to implement the controversial new workforce policies. But unions warned that agencies that they will challenge efforts to put the measures into place outside of existing collective bargaining contracts. Lia Russell has the story.

Rep. Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress, with oversight authority over civilian and defense cyber policy. Derek B. Johnson spoke to the Rhode Island Democrat about cybersecurity issues currently facing Congress.

The Social Security Administration and the IRS both inked task orders on the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecommunications contract in late September. Mark Rockwell has more.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom reached a law enforcement digital data sharing agreement covering access to information stored in the cloud. The deal, made possible on the U.S. side by the Cloud Act, comes with a promise not to target each other's residents and assurances that exchanges are compatible with data protection laws. Derek explains.

Quick Hits

*** The Defense Department says it won't be able to cut its fourth estate expenses by 25%, according to a report released Oct. 4.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act requires DOD's chief management officer to find at least 25 percent cost savings across civilian management, logistics management, services contracting, and real estate management to Congress by Jan. 1, 2020. But in its justification report, the CMO wrote that it would only be able to hit 5 percent without creating undo inefficiencies.

The CMO office said such "dramatic" cost-savings were prohibitive due, in part, to "limited authorities to quickly achieve reductions" and that "many meaningful changes require a system, process, or policy change before the reduction can take effect."

*** The Transportation Security Agency announced plans to look to the cloud for new IT services as well as a strategy to move to software-as-a-service as much as possible and retire legacy applications. TSA's cloud strategy, finalized in April, was just posted on FedBizOpps to support industry engagement.

Posted on Oct 07, 2019 at 2:14 AM


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