Workforce

OPM directs agencies on civil service overhaul

A memo from acting personnel chief Michael Rigas told agencies they could look outside the boundaries of a recent executive order for jobs to reclassify, but that the Office of Personnel Management would make final determination.

IT Modernization

Ethics vs. compliance in AI

Tech experts warn against treating ethics as like just another box on a compliance checklist.

IT Modernization

Spectrum on the battlefield

Managing electromagnetic spectrum will become increasingly important as the Army pushes for large-scale operations across domains.

IT Modernization

CBP extends cargo system disaster recovery contract

Customs and Border Protection adds five years to its cloud-based disaster recovery infrastructure-as-a-service contract with IBM.

Digital Government

DOD releases long-awaited data strategy

The Defense Department's new data strategy takes on ethics, governance and data standards.

Cybersecurity

CMMC clears key regulatory hurdle

The White House approved an interim rule to mandate defense contractors prove they adhere to existing cybersecurity standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Cybersecurity

Shared services poised for adoption

Quality Service Management Offices shared service offerings move closer to reality for federal agencies.

IT Modernization

To save billions, let's finally put government forms to work

Reimagining form-based data collection as a shared service could transform many agencies' operations.

Workforce

Navy, Marines look to boost virtual ‘sailorization’ for recruits

Wwhile recruits are under restricted movement orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 , the Navy and Marine Corps are using a distributed learning environment where lessons to recruits are pushed to wireless devices.

Workforce

NARA sharpens digital preservation plans

The National Archives released a framework for preserving government information that takes into account the proliferating variety of electronic formats – some now defunct – so that records can be saved in their original form.

Cybersecurity

Senate NDAA repeals protest pilot, seeks clarity on JRSS

Lawmakers in the Senate are running out of patience with the nebulous status of the Joint Regional Security Stacks effort and want to give new contracting authority to Cyber Command.

Workforce

Some feds will see use-or-lose leave restored due to the pandemic

New regulations will allow workers designated essential during the coronavirus outbreak to have their unused leave restored.

IT Modernization

DOD looks for extension on Huawei ban

With a looming implementation deadline in August, DOD looks for leniency in anti-Huawei product requirements for defense contractors.

Workforce

IRS recalls certain mission-critical employees for tax season

The tax agency is putting distancing measures into place and requiring employees to wear face coverings on the job.

Cybersecurity

Solarium co-chair pushes defense bill as vehicle for implementation

Even with the coronavirus outbreak dominating policymakers' attention, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) said he was "pretty optimistic" that as much as 30% of the recommendations can be included in the upcoming defense authorization bill.

Acquisition

OMB follows DOD with guidance on paying idled contractors

The White House instructs federal agencies to leverage relief for contractors in the CARES Act where appropriate.

Cybersecurity

Navy CIO: Don't worry about shakeups at the top

The Navy CIO updated the workforce on telework practices, COVID-19 disclosures and what the change in service leadership means for the tech mission.

Digital Government

Gillibrand bill would create new data protection agency

The independent agency would be charged with coordinating federal policy on privacy, process complaints from consumers and launch investigations and audits. 

House bill would make modernization CoEs law

A new bipartisan bill would codify the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence.

IT Modernization

Why Congress holds the key to DOD tech

Defense company leaders said Congress may have to relax its oversight -- or at least learn to take leaps of faith -- when funding defense technology research if it wants to see dramatic improvements in capabilities.

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