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FCW Insider: July 21, 2021

TSA imposes new cyber rules on pipeline operators

The new mitigation requirements come as the U.S. attributes a past effort to hack U.S. pipeline infrastructure to a Chinese state-sponsored group.

OPM takes back control of CHCO Council

The move reestablishes Office of Personnel Management's central role in leading governmentwide human resources policy.

DHS lacks comprehensive strategy to counter violent extremism, report says

The Department of Homeland Security is failing to assess critical external factors and has not yet implemented a data governance framework while developing strategies around terrorism prevention, a new report warns.

Quick Hits

*** The House Committee on Oversight and Reform advanced a bill sponsored by Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) that would extend 12 weeks of paid family leave to federal employees for circumstances specified in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The committee approved a slate of bills at the same meeting, including one which sets up new occupational series for federal jobs in software development and data science.

*** Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would authorize the newly created Office of National Cyber Director to tap qualified experts from around the federal government. "Having a fully staffed and operational office for the National Cyber Director is vital to address current and emerging threats. I am glad to cosponsor this bill to help make certain the National Cyber Director has the personnel needed to fulfill this critical mission," Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said in a statement.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jul 21, 2021 at 2:18 AM


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    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

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