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FCW Insider: June 9, 2021

IRS chief presses case for boost in IT, cyber funding

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said the agency can use a 10% increase in funding included in the White House fiscal year 2022 budget proposal to "improve conditions for every American" while strengthening the agency's cyber posture.

OPM finalizes 2019 proposal for re-hiring former feds

The new regulations will change current rules forcing agencies to re-hire former feds into the pay grade they were last under in government.

Colonial CEO defends $4.3M ransomware payment

Joseph Blount, the chief executive officer of Colonial Pipeline, on Tuesday defended the company's ransom payment to the criminal group Darkside and said Colonial is continuing to work with law enforcement and cybersecurity consultants to restore their business systems.

'Leading by example' and organizational performance

Steve Kelman spotlights new research that measures the impact of "walking the walk."

Quick Hits

*** The White House released key findings from its 100-day review on America's supply chains in a report on Tuesday, which includes plans to strengthen U.S. semiconductor leadership while working with industry and global partners to enhance competitiveness and harness innovation. The report also features recommendations to address vulnerabilities in critical supply chains and to secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries, while investing in the domestic and international production of critical minerals.

*** The Army is now recruiting up to 50 personnel for its software factory and cloud technician programs. The Austin, Texas-based Army Software Factory, which focuses on improving the service's software development capabilities, plans to select up to 30 soldiers and civilians for its next cohort. The Army’s Artificial Intelligence Integration Center Cloud Technician program, based at Carnegie Mellon University, plans to bring on up to 20 personnel to receive cloud administrator education and advanced certifications. Applications are being accepted through July 7.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jun 09, 2021 at 2:23 AM


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