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*** The Census Bureau plans to launch a large-scale survey of households to collect information on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on American life. In a limited-sources justification document explaining the $2 million acquisition, Census said it will leverage its data collection infrastructure to provide timely information on how changes in employment, income, education and the availability of housing, food and other consumer goods are affecting Americans to inform lawmakers as they draft policy to help restart the economy.

"Due to the critical nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent and compelling need for real time data, the extensive amount of time involved in obtaining an ATO for another provider would jeopardize the expedient delivery of secure and necessary data to federal decision makers." Census officials said.

*** The U.S. Agency for International Development released its first-ever digital strategy, to support staff and global partners as well as to put digital and interactive technologies at the forefront of delivering services, engaging with stakeholders in the development community and seeding economic opportunities in countries supported by agency programs.

*** The National Security Agency issued guidelines April 24 on selecting commercial collaboration applications for use in government telework. Some things to consider, according to NSA, is whether the service offers end-to-end encryption, do privacy policies allow vendors to tap user data for marketing purposes and whether a service is "developed and/or hosted under the jurisdiction of a government with laws that could jeopardize USG official use."

Posted on Apr 29, 2020 at 2:26 AM


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