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

    DHS veteran Mayorkas tapped to lead agency under Biden administration

    The former USCIS director and DHS deputy secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will lead the Department of Homeland Security. 11/23/2020

  • IT Modernization
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    Tech experts call on feds to coordinate benefits solutions

    With surges in unemployment insurance applications straining legacy IT systems at the state level, digital services specialists say that the federal government should take a more central role in fielding tech infrastructure. 11/20/2020

  • Defense
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    DOD fails third audit, but sees progress with cost-savings

    The Defense Department boasts cost savings as it chases a clean audit. But using the $1 billion audit to find savings could be short-sighted. 11/18/2020

  • Acquisition
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    NOAA looks to modernize with EIS

    The weather and science agency sets up future 5G capabilities, critical sensor bandwidth with $311M Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions task order. 11/17/2020

  • Defense
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    Making software more than 'IT thing'

    Software modernization has a branding problem, and it's going to take more than the colloquial culture shift to speed up the Defense Department's adoption of modern tech capabilities, according to Deputy CIO Peter Ranks. 11/15/2020

  • Workforce
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    OPM veterans on the Biden-Harris transition team

    In advance of the General Services Administration designating Biden as president-elect and releasing transition funds, the Biden-Harris team is working outside of government, consulting with former officials and experts. 11/12/2020

  • Transition
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    Lawmakers demand answers from GSA on transition

    The head of the General Services Administration must designate Joe Biden as the president-elect before key transition activities can take place, and Democratic lawmakers are growing impatient. 11/09/2020

  • Acquisition
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    COVID-19 made IT modernization a priority

    Federal agency mission-oriented responses to COVID-19 have pushed aside lingering doubts about the need to step up IT, a Professional Services Council forecast found. 11/09/2020

  • Oversight
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    Modernized FEMA system still has legacy data issues

    Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency's recent modernization of a 30-year-old flood insurance system works well, it still uses old legacy data, according to a new report. 11/06/2020

  • Defense
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    DOD's reform efforts could wane without consistent leadership

    The Government Accountability Office found that leadership and organizational changes, namely the future of DOD's chief management officer role, could hamper long term reform efforts. 11/06/2020

  • Cloud
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    GDIT hangs on to DEOS cloud contract

    The Pentagon re-awards DEOS cloud contract to GDIT, but lowers the ceiling value from the original award, from $7.6 billion to $4.4 billion. 10/30/2020

  • Management
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    White House mulls CXO role at agencies

    The White House is considering whether to formalize the customer experience officer role, but also thinking about the position's impact on IT. 10/29/2020

  • Defense
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    DOD could get permanent telework capability in 2021

    The Defense Department wants to convert its key telework tool, the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) environment, to a permanent capability by next summer. 10/28/2020

  • IT Modernization
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    Rethinking technology governance

    A U.S. Digital Service veteran is looking for civil servants and other federal IT stakeholders to talk about governance obstacles that hinder successful acquisition and deployment of big and small technology projects. 10/26/2020

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  • Comment

    SolarWinds fallout makes secure communications a critical first line of defense

    Crisis situations like this one can induce the fog-of-war and lead to tradeoffs during remediation. While we may not know the full extent of the damage for some time, as is always the case in an event like this, we need to stop the bleeding. We must not afford the adversary an easy path to more information. 01/15/2021

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    IoT cyber law signed amid growing vulnerabilities

    The passage of the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 means that NIST will start to address the gap in post-market guidance to help organizations adequately address newly discovered vulnerabilities in devices already on their networks. 12/22/2020

  • Comment
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    After Solar Winds, it's time for a National Software Security Act

    The time has come for Congress to regulate security in the software industry by mandating minimal best practices for software companies selling software products or services in America. 12/16/2020