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Myth or Fact: Debunking a Few COVID-19 Fictions

As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the most up-to-date news on the pandemic.

Recent News
  1. CBO Estimates Decline in GDP, Unemployment Growth Over Q2

    While new information about the novel Coronavirus continues to develop and economic uncertainty remains, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated an economic forecast to account for the pandemic.

  2. FCC Votes to Implement $200M Emergency Telehealth Program, Connected Care Pilot

    The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted in favor of adopting a $200 million telehealth program, as appropriated by the CARES Act, to help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications devices and broadband connectivity.

  1. Reducing Risks for Federal Agencies With Privileged Access Management

    As efforts to control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have increased, the Federal government has moved the majority of its workers to telework. While this is a great step to enable social distancing, it does open up serious cybersecurity concerns.

  2. Sen. Warner Seeks Directive to Protect Federal Contractors

    In a letter to the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote asking to “consistently implement” relief for contractors amid the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

  3. CTA, ATA Partner With AWS on Telehealth Resource Site

    The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and American Telemedicine Association (ATA) have launched TechHealthDirectory.com in response to U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios’ challenge to the tech community to support the nationwide response to COVID-19.

  4. 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.

  1. My Cup of IT – Do you Have a COVID-19 Story to Tell?

    Times like these make us very aware that we're part of a community – a remote one, right now, but still very much a community. If it hurts one of us, it hurts us all. If somebody does something heroic or prudent, we all rise. Literally, life and death.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 CĂłrdova as acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  10. 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.