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  • Defense
    Michael A Brown (DOD photo)

    Biden taps DIU head for top Pentagon acquisition post

    President Joe Biden nominates three for senior defense posts, including Michael Brown, the head of Defense Innovation Unit. 04/02/2021

  • Workforce
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    SSA under pressure to reopen Trump-era union contract

    The Social Security Administration is under fire from unions and congressional Democrats unhappy with the agency's pace in implementing the Biden administration's changes to labor-management relations, and many are seeking the ouster of the Trump-appointed agency heads. 04/02/2021

  • Defense
    The Pentagon (Photo by Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock)

    Mandatory review of DOD's compliance on CMMC is delayed

    The Defense Department was supposed to submit a review to Congress by March 1 assessing whether components complied with the guidelines of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. That deadline has been pushed to June. 04/01/2021

  • Defense
    U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test prior to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, 2019. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Mason)

    Could 2022 see the end of OCO?

    As the Biden administration prepares to deliver its first budget, the question arises of whether there's enough political clout to end the controversial overseas contingency operations account. 04/01/2021

  • Acquisition
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    Federal buildings, vehicles set to go green in Biden's $2T infrastructure package

    Updates to federal facilities and an emphasis on electric vehicles are just part of the Biden administration's $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan announced on Wednesday. 03/31/2021

  • Defense
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    First set of CMMC certification orgs emerge

    The Defense Department's unified cybersecurity program is making gains with its first tranche of certifying bodies, but assessments for defense contractors are a ways off. 03/31/2021

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks. 03/31/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    Expected breach disclosure mandates will test government-industry cooperation

    The White House and lawmakers are eyeing steps to make sure contractors have to alert the federal government to cybersecurity breaches on their systems, but expect companies to balk at rules that put them at risk for legal action or require the disclosure of trade secrets. 03/30/2021

  • IT Modernization
    Shutterstock photo ID: photo ID: 245503636 By Mark Van Scyoc Sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014.

    IRS plots $2.6B IT services consolidation

    The tax agency plans to combine its modernization and sustainment contracts into a single task order on a governmentwide acquisition contract as it pushes ahead with the replacement of legacy systems. 03/29/2021

  • Defense
    Lauren Knausenberger, Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force,  at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Feb. 22, 2021.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

    Air Force seeks 'ubiquitous connectivity' from telework to bases

    Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force's CIO, said since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the service had increased focus on telework and improving base connectivity. 03/25/2021

  • Management
    tech budget

    Industry groups call for TMF reforms following funding boost

    The groups' call for changes to how the government operates the modernization fund echoes concerns that multiple former CIOs voiced to FCW this month in interviews. 03/24/2021

  • USDS

    A career fed does a stint at USDS

    Steve Kelman checks in with procurement innovator and past Fed 100 winner Mark Junda on his latest chapter. 03/23/2021

  • Cybersecurity
    zero trust network

    Agency hacks could accelerate push to zero trust security model

    Chris DeRusha, the federal chief information security officer, said agencies largely have the tools they need to adopt zero trust security protocols but making a change will "require a shift in mindset." 03/19/2021

  • IT Modernization
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    VA plans 'strategic review' of $16B software program

    New Veterans Affairs chief Denis McDonough announced a "strategic review" of the agency's Electronic Health Record Modernization program of up to 12 weeks. 03/19/2021

  • IT Modernization
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    18F to help Wisconsin with UI tech

    Many states have buckled under the pressure of delivering benefits to surges of claimants during the pandemic using antiquated technology. 18F is set to help Wisconsin modernize its unemployment insurance technology using agile procurement. 03/18/2021

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