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Recent News
  1. Connolly Questions Intentions Behind OPM’s Authority Removal

    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and other Washington-area House members are questioning the Federal government’s decision to remove the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) building operation authority, and claiming that action is part of the Trump administration’s plan to move forward with an OPM-General Services Administration (GSA) merger.

  2. General Services Administration GSA Headquarters 1800 F St 18F TTS FAS GSA Delays E-Marketplace Portal

    The General Services Administration (GSA) is delaying its Commercial Platforms acquisition due to COVID-19 coronavirus disruptions. The platform is a key part of the agency’s plan to acquire an e-marketplace acquisition portal.

  1. CDM Updates to Reduce Latency, Improve Data Quality, Project Manager Reveals

    As the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program prepares for minimum viable product launch for agency dashboards in April 2020 and gears up to deliver the minimum viable Federal dashboard later this year, the project is undergoing major updates to improve user experience.

  2. Agencies Identify Human Capital Management Concerns in OPM Report

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in a just-issued human capital review (HCR) report covering 2019, emphasized hiring and retention obstacles for employees in STEM fields, and how to strategically develop the workforce and close the skills gap.

  3. NIST Drafts AC Guidance for Cloud Systems

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-210 which will help in understanding security challenges in cloud-based systems.

  4. DoD Asking for Prototype Proposals for 5G, Spectrum Sharing

    The Department of Defense (DoD) has released its fourth Request for Prototype Proposals (RPP) in a series relating to 5G wireless technology development, calling for industry input into spectrum sharing technology.

  1. Feeling Stressed? Breathe Deeply and get Your Blood Flowing

    How are you feeling today? A little stressed out and anxious? While social distancing and Stay at Home Orders are the best decision when it comes to flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19, being cooped up inside and missing friends and family can be incredibly stressful. Coupled with fear and anxiety over getting the virus, its no wonder that many are struggling to calm down, turn their brains off, and get a good night's rest.

  2. Public-Private Partnership Supports milCloud® 2.0 Adoption

    A recent MeriTalk research report found that 86 percent of Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners believe migrating to milCloud® 2.0 will have a positive impact on DoD missions, but resource constraints and lack of clarity are holding agencies back from making the transition. On a recent webinar discussion, Jeffrey Phelan, cloud services portfolio lead for milCloud® 2.0 at GDIT, said that DISA and DoD OCIO are stepping in to mitigate.

  3. Director of OSTP to Serve as Acting NSF Director

    The White House appointed Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Kelvin Droegemeier to replace France Córdova as acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  4. CDC Posts Chief Data Office Opening Amid Pandemic

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a job opening for a new chief data officer (CDO) yesterday as a part of its efforts to fulfill key roles in its response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  5. Commerce Loses CDO, NASA Gains Space Center CIO

    While the Commerce Department is losing its CDO, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center recently gained an experienced CIO from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  6. Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act to Cost $37M, CBO Says

    In an estimate released March 31, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that over the next five years the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act would cost $37 million to enact.

  7. Army Develops new Neural Network Metric

    U.S. Army and industry researchers have developed a metric for neural networks that will measure next generation AI and machine learning (ML) algorithms’ reliability.

  8. COVID-19 Isn’t Slowing Down CMMC, Arrington Says

    As agencies across the Federal government adjust operations to accommodate COVID-19 coronavirus disruptions, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) CISO for Acquisition Katie Arrington assured stakeholders today that the pandemic is not disrupting the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.

  9. Colorado National Guard Practicing ‘Muscle Memory’ Cybersecurity

    The Colorado National Guard is ramping up its cybersecurity awareness, starting with a cultural change to normalize cyber practices and the introduction of a cyber mascot, CIO Col. Isaac Martinez shared at a March 31 Cybersmart webinar.

  10. GAO Cites Treasury’s Fiscal Service Bureau for Numerous Info Control Problems  

    The Government Accountability Office issued two reports on March 31 calling for improved information controls at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, and said the Bureau has not completed corrective actions on many of the problems that GAO found in its prior-year audit.