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FCW Insider: Sept. 29

Army experiment highlights need for coders at the edge

After a big experiment using more than 30 different developing technologies at Yuma Proving Ground, the Army is certain it will need two things: more software workers and smaller tactical operating units.

White House offers details on diversity training crackdown

Diversity training that teaches federal employees about "unconscious bias" or "systemic racism" or "intersectionality" are being banned under a new White House policy.

Federal court ruling sidelines acting head of Bureau of Land Management

A federal district court ruled Sept. 25 that William Perry Pendley's appointment as acting director of BLM was unlawful under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Comment: How to shift CMMC for the future

While the goal of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is to establish a unified standard for cybersecurity practices across the DOD, it does not directly address specific control expectations or risks associated with organization-specific threat actors.

Quick Hits

*** House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a scaled down $2.2 trillion version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act that passed in May. The revised bill still includes $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund.

*** The Government Accountability Office released a 268-page guide to agile best practices. The guide is designed to help auditors gauge the use of agile development methodologies at federal agencies.

*** The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a $471,000 task order for managed services on Sept. 24 with AT&T under the General Services Administration's $50 billion, next-generation Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

Posted by FCW Staff on Sep 29, 2020 at 2:10 AM


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