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FCW Insider: March 1

Announcing the 2021 Federal 100 Award winners

Meet the women and men being honored for their exceptional contributions to federal IT.

Mandatory breach reporting bill on deck, lawmakers say

Congress could be poised to require companies to report hacks in the wake of the massive breach linked to vulnerabilities on SolarWinds' IT management software.

Lawmakers, contractors look to extend COVID aid to industry

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are pushing for legislation to extend reimbursements for federal contractors unable to work due to COVID-19 through Sept. 30.

OPM cautions feds on marijuana use

Past marijuana use is not disqualifying for applicants to federal jobs, but ongoing use in jurisdictions where pot has been legalized or decriminalized is still off limits, OPM states.

Quick Hits

*** Vice Adm. Nancy Norton formally retired as head of the Defense Information Systems Agency and command of Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, took over as her successor at a ceremony held Feb. 26. One thing Skinner is inheriting as new DISA director is the Defense Department's Cloud Computing Program Office, recently added to the DISA portfolio.

*** A revision to a broad agency announcement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will allow firms that are majority owned by private equity firm to participate in Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer opportunities, Washington Technology reports.

Posted by FCW Staff on Mar 01, 2021 at 2:05 AM


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