DoJ Pushing Agencies to Fix Language Barriers to Fed Services
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pushing Federal agencies to take further steps to address language barriers in obtaining Federal services including those delivered in digital formats.
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    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a new website that aims at helping keep track of Covid-19 data from at-home tests.
  2. Do Foreign STEM Students Pose Technology Transfer Risks? GAO Wants More Data
    A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that while the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) efforts to address technology transfer risks at universities are underway, there is more the agency can do to improve the related data. 
  3. cybersecurity Government Agencies Focus on Bolstering Cyber Resilience
    As government agencies continue to ward off an increasing number of cyberattacks, they are working to identify gaps and develop strategies to bolster their cyber resilience and maintain mission focus. These attacks, ranging from phishing attacks to ransomware attacks, are only increasing in scope and complexity. While adversaries’ methods may vary, their goals of doing harm are the same.
  1. semiconductor Bipartisan Group Urges Senate Appropriators to Fully Fund CHIPS Act
    A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., sent a letter to Senate Appropriators urging them to fully fund the CHIPS and Science Act in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Appropriations Bill to ensure the United States remains a global leader in innovative, emerging technologies.
  2. WH, DoE Launch Call to Action for Better Power Outage Data
    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Department of Energy (DoE) launched a call to action asking utilities and outage data companies to voluntarily share their data with the Outage Data Initiative Nationwide (ODIN) for better real-time, standardized, and transparent power outage data.
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    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the first National Cislunar Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy on Nov. 17, outlining how U.S. S&T leadership will support responsible exploration and use of Cislunar space.
  1. NIST Updates De-Identification Guidelines for Feds
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its 2016 draft “De-Identifying Government Data Sets” – a guidance of do’s and don’ts for Federal agencies to ensure that de-identified data cannot be re-engineered to reveal Americans’ sensitive information.
  2. When Toasters Eavesdrop: Senate Bill Aims for Appliance Privacy
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    Healthcare is changing rapidly, driven by IT innovation and mission needs. To keep pace and improve care delivery, government healthcare organizations should leverage industry expertise, says Omar Altalib, director of strategy partnerships and growth for Amazon Web Services (AWS). MeriTalk recently sat down with Altalib to discuss some of the thorniest challenges for healthcare organizations today: cybersecurity, IT modernization, and innovation.
  4. DoD Releases Long-Awaited Zero Trust Strategy, Roadmap
    The Department of Defense (DoD) today released its long-anticipated zero trust strategy and roadmap outlining how the agency plans to fully implement a department-wide zero trust cybersecurity framework by fiscal year (FY) 2027. “What is significant about the strategy is that the strategy makes zero trust tangible and achievable while recognizing a dynamic and frankly, […]
  5. FAA Seeks Industry Input on $5-$10 Billion IT Contract
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  6. CISA Releases New Update to Resilience Framework
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced on Nov. 22 the release of a new update on the agency’s Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework (IRPF) which helps state, local, tribal, and territorial planners protect technological infrastructure.
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    A bipartisan group of House members has offered legislation to create the next version of the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking.
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    The General Services Administration (GSA) filed a request for information (RFI) on behalf of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to gather industry feedback on a potential cyber threat intelligence exchange platform.
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    Russian cyber forces have “underperformed” in their attempts to cripple Ukrainian networks, which has forced them to fall back on destroying the country’s critical infrastructure through kinetic means, which makes data centers both a digital and physical target, a top Defense Department (DoD) cyber official said last week.
  10. White House Sets $13B of Funding to Modernize Power Grid
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