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A bill introduced in the Senate this week aims to steer tens of billions of new funding toward civilian Federal government research and development efforts involving “industries of the future” including artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS).

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  1. NIST Publishes Privacy Risk Management Framework

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the definitive version of its privacy risk management framework, after seeking comment on a draft version of the framework last year.

  2. Interior Department Taps CenturyLink for $1.6 Billion EIS Deal

    The Department of the Interior has selected CenturyLink for a task order to provide network services and IT modernization solutions through the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program.

  1. House Hearing Shows Bipartisan Support for Facial Recognition Rules

    House Oversight Committee members from both sides of the aisle expressed support at a Jan. 15 hearing for imposing some level of Federal regulation on the use of facial recognition technologies.

  2. healthcare cyber-min Federal CIO Says Health Agencies “Set an Example” on Data Privacy

    Health-focused government agencies are in a good position to lead implementation of Federal Data Strategy initiatives – such as improving data protection – because of their ongoing investments aimed at that goal, Federal CIO Suzette Kent said Jan. 15 at AFCEA Bethesda Health IT Summit.

  3. Veterans Affairs VA Vets VA Aims to Migrate Half of Portfolio to Cloud by 2024

    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) CIO James Gfrerer said today that the agency is “in place to move about half of our portfolio … into our enterprise cloud by 2024.”

  4. Health and Human Services HHS HHS CIO: Blockchain To Yield Millions in Savings

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CIO Jose Arrieta said Accelerate will be able to save the department “somewhere around $33 to $40 million” over the next five years.

  1. In the Balance: Women Who Make Federal IT Work With Real Life

    What’s the recipe for success in navigating both a successful IT career and an equally fulfilling “real” life outside of the profession?

  2. Charting the Course to a Smarter 2020 in Fed IT Policy

    Federal policymakers have spent an exceptionally busy couple of years staking out new rules – think Federal Data Strategy, Cloud Smart, TIC 3.0, the National AI Initiative, among others – that will lead the government-wide IT enterprise forward into the next decade.

  3. GSA CIO Provides Lessons in Cloud Transformation

    In establishing an agency’s cloud transformation, the General Services Administration (GSA) can provide lessons in setting up the transition.

  4. CIGIE Announces Website to Track IG Job Vacancies

    The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) announced today the release of a new website that will track which Inspector General (IG) positions are currently vacant and for how long they have been vacant.

  5. New CISA Lead Bryan Ware Shares Incoming Priorities

    The recently promoted Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Bryan Ware reflected on his first week and shared his top priorities for the agency at the Data Cloud Summit on Jan. 14. 

  6. HUD Missing Mark on Records Management, Privacy, IG Says

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is missing the mark on records management and privacy requirements to the tune of more than one billion records that contain personally identifiable information (PII), the agency’s Inspector General (IG) said in a recent report.

  7. House Panel Passes Bill to Strengthen Federal Reserve’s Cybersecurity Efforts

    The House Committee on Financial Services passed H.R. 4458, The Cybersecurity and Financial System Resilience Act of 2019, via voice vote on Jan. 13.

  8. DoE Plans to Invest Up to $625M in Quantum Research Centers

    The Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Science announced its plan to invest up to $625 million in establishing National Quantum Information Science Research Centers in accordance with the National Quantum Initiative Act, according to a Jan. 10 funding opportunity announcement.

  9. Bipartisan Lawmakers Applaud New Spectrum Rules

    A group of bipartisan legislators led by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., sent a letter on Jan. 10 to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai to thank him for his December 2019 vote to “modernize the 5.9 GHz band.”

  10. USDA, HUD, Energy Are First Agencies to Pay Back TMF

    The Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Energy are the first three agencies to begin paying back Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) grants, representatives from each agency confirmed to MeriTalk.