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FCW Insider: May 24, 2021

Unfunded mandates in the cyber EO?

New marching orders for agencies and technology vendors in the Biden administration's new cybersecurity policy need to be supported in the budget, industry reps say.

Comment: How to fund security and modernize at the same time

FedRAMP's standards go a long way toward the security goals the White House just set -- but smaller firms must be able to afford the authorization process.

NARA seeks DOD's help in addressing records request backlog

Many records housed in a St. Louis facility are critical to veterans' benefits applications but can't be accessed remotely.

ICYMI: CDC mask guidelines and the federal workforce

The White House-led Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is incorporating recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates on COVID protocols into their guidance for agencies looking to accommodate vaccinated workers.

Quick Hits

*** The General Services Administration is scheduled to take the wraps off its integrated Systems for Award Management online acquisition web platform at 9 a.m. on Monday. The new version brings together components of the system that have been hosted on a beta website with other elements of the SAM.gov ecosystem.

*** The Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Law Enforcement is using virtual reality simulation to collect data, including biometrics, that could be relevant to understanding police shootings and other use-of-force incidents. GCN has more on this story.

Posted by FCW Staff on May 24, 2021 at 2:23 AM


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