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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) did not set an adequate level of access controls for its Beneficiary Fiduciary Field System (BFFS), which put personally identifiable information (PII) and personal health information (PHI) at risk, according to a report released September 12 by VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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  1. GSA Hitting Silicon Valley With FedRAMP 1-2-3

    The General Services Administration is taking its FedRAMP Program to cloud service providers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in San Francisco on Sept. 25 to showcase opportunities to work with the program that speeds the authorization process to provide products and services in the Federal government’s $90 billion per year IT market.

  2. GSA Selects Carahsoft, Grant Thornton for NewPay Task Orders

    The General Services Administration (GSA) announced Sept. 12 that it selected Carahsoft Technology and Grant Thornton for the first task orders under its NewPay blanket purchase agreement that aims to modernize Federal payroll services.

  1. Hurd: Improved Workforce Will Help U.S. Keep AI Advantage

    The United States must maintain its advantage in artificial intelligence and quantum computing over countries like China by placing the building blocks for a future workforce, according to Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.

  2. Federal CIO Kent: TIC 3.0 Release Closes Loop on Critical Policy Update Work

    Federal CIO Suzette Kent celebrated the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) release of its new TIC (Trusted Internet Connections) 3.0 policy today as a major milestone in the Trump administration’s efforts to complete meaningful updates of Federal IT policies that are more than five years old.

  3. IC CDO Updates Data-Analyzing AI Initiative

    The intelligence community (IC) is establishing a hub in Washington and is encouraging industry and Federal partner collaboration in developing its data-analyzing artificial intelligence (AI) strategy known as the Augmenting Intelligence Using Machines (AIM) Initiative, IC Chief Data Officer Nancy Morgan said today.

  4. Computers cloud connected-min OMB Finalizes TIC 3.0 Policy, Keeps Most Elements of Draft Version

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized its update to the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative in a memo released today. The final version of the policy opens the door for new approaches to network security, and retains most elements of the draft framework released in December 2018.

  1. DISA Looks to Unify Cybersecurity Capabilities

    The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking a vendor to bring interoperability to a wide range of cybersecurity capabilities and create a single network for cyber defense, according to a sources sought notice released September 6. Responses are due by September 20.

  2. AI Accelerating DoD’s Mission, DIU Deputy Director Says

    The Defense Department (DoD) needs to operate at a fast pace to maintain global advantage, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are paving the way forward to more rapid response to national security threats and dangers, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Deputy Director Mike Madsen said today.

  3. Business Roundtable Presses Hill Leaders For Data Privacy Law

    The Business Roundtable trade group asked House and Senate leaders in Congress for action on a “comprehensive consumer data privacy law that strengthens protections for consumers and establishes a national privacy framework to enable continued innovation and growth in the digital economy.”

  4. DoE Seeking Nominees for Quantum Advisory Committee

    The Department of Energy on Sept. 11 issued a request for information that seeks nominees to serve on the recently created National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee.

  5. Senate Confirms Cabaniss To Head OPM

    The Senate voted today 54-38 to approve the nomination of Dale Cabaniss as Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a four-year term.

  6. GSA Official Underscores Path to Becoming ‘Digital Enterprise’

    As Federal agencies continue on the long road to digital transformation, David Harrity, General Services Administration Enterprise Infrastructure Operations Associate CIO, today highlighted the fundamental steps agencies should take to become “digital enterprises.”

  7. GAO: DoD Not Fully Implementing Open-Source Mandates

    The Department of Defense has not fully implemented mandates from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to increase its use of open-source software and release code, according to a September 10 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

  8. DDS Chief of Staff Says Digital Transformation is “Designing With, Not For” End Users

    Defense Digital Service (DDS) Chief of Staff Katie Olson said today that DDS is helping the Defense Department (DoD) achieve digital transformation by “designing with, not for” end users.

  9. Rep. Connolly Pledges Oversight, Work to Evolve FITARA Scorecard

    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee, pledged late Tuesday to continue his subcommittee’s vigorous oversight of Federal agency IT modernization efforts, and to evolve the criteria underlying one of the more visible aspects of that oversight effort – the semiannual FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) Scorecard issued by the full House Oversight and Reform Committee.

  10. Organizational Mindset Changes key to Cloud Migration

    Shifting the organizational mindset around cloud modernization is a driving factor for Federal agencies to overcome the challenges of cloud migration.