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Top Federal Acquisition Officials Credit Collaborative Approaches

Two of the Federal government’s top officials in charge of acquisition discussed their collaborative and parallel efforts to implement category management and address the coronavirus pandemic across both defense and civilian agencies.

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  1. Pentagon Military Defense DoD DoD Deputy CDO Urges ‘Open Mind’ on Data/Tech Problem-Solving

    Defense Department (DoD) Deputy Chief Data Officer James Cully today emphasized the importance of keeping an open mind about how to work greater data capabilities into technology solutions as the Pentagon moves forward to execute on its data strategy released earlier this month.

  2. Kids at computers hackers students education DoD Education Arm Looking for Cloud-Based Learning Management System

    In support of the Department of Defense’s broader mission, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is tasked with providing PK-12 instruction to roughly 68,500 dependents of military and civilian employees.

  1. VA Officially Launches EHR System in PNW, Las Vegas

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Oct. 24 officially launched its new electronic health record (EHR) system at VA facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas.

  2. Bill Would Allow Businesses to Use PPP Funds for Cloud

    A House bill introduced this month would allow small businesses who have received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to use those funds to procure cloud-based solutions.

  3. Department of Energy Looks to Move Human Capital Management System to the Cloud

    The Energy Department is looking to modernize the Human Capital Management System (HCMS) at its Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in New York, according to an Oct. 23 request for proposal (RFP) posted on Beta.Sam.Gov.

  4. Resiliency of Cloud Infrastructure Key to Mission Continuity, Federal Officials Say

    As the nature of the Federal government’s work environment has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, building cyber resiliency in cloud infrastructures has been essential to maintaining mission operations, agency officials said.

  1. Executive Q&A: Enabling Human-Centered Organizational Resilience

    The global cost of cybercrime continues to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people’s personal data is potentially exposed, and our government and infrastructure are actively being targeted. Not only do ongoing issues such as noisy data play a role in the problem, but so does human motivation, specifically its impact on behavior.

  2. NGA Hosting Competition for Geolocating Audio, Video Recordings

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking for innovative ways to determine recording locations of audio and video data.

  3. OPM Claims Final Say in Schedule F Workforce Assignments

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) explained in an Oct. 23 memo to Federal agency heads how it wants them to implement President Trump’s controversial executive order that creates a new Schedule F classification for employees in policy-making positions, but emphasized that OPM retains the final say in approving which employees are placed under the new schedule.

  4. Tech-Sector Experts Discuss VDI Options, What’s Next for Remote Work

    Back in March, the Federal government pivoted to telework practically overnight and since then, Federal IT experts have been on the hunt for ways to improve the employee experience, maximize productivity, and strengthen remote environment security.

  5. Dem Senators Seek Answers on CBP Warrantless Phone Surveillance

    A group of Democratic senators wrote to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to request that the IG investigate alleged warrantless domestic surveillance of phones by DHS’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component.

  6. Rep. Connolly Working on Bill to Overturn White House Civil Service EO

    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., whose northern Virginia congressional district is home to a multitude of Federal government employees, is working on legislation that would aim to overturn last week’s controversial White House executive order that would create a new classification of Federal employees in policy-making positions and make it easier to hire and fire them.

  7. How Much is Telework Saving You? Probably More Than You Think…

    If you’re like most of us, you haven’t seen the inside of your old office in a while, and you’re spending a whole lot less time and money commuting for work.

  8. House AI Caucus Leaders Tout AI CoE Bill as Senate Consideration Nears

    Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., and Pete Olson, R-Texas – both co-chairs of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus – on Oct. 23 stumped for the AI in Government Act of 2020 (H.R. 2575) that passed the House last month and now sits on Senate general legislative calendar awaiting possible action.

  9. Agencies Discuss Networking Future Under TIC, EIS

    Federal officials this week discussed how they can support new approaches like zero trust and SD-WAN in an efficient and secure way by leveraging the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract along with security requirements of the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 policy.

  10. President Signs ‘SAFE WEB’ Bill Protecting Against Overseas Fraud

    President Trump this week signed the US SAFE WEB Extension, which reauthorizes a 2007 law that permits the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action to protect U.S. consumers against cross-border fraud and deception using the internet.