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DoD Pentagon Military Kratsios Named Acting Under Secretary of Defense R&E

The Department of Defense (DoD) has named Michael Kratsios as acting under secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. The designation is effective July 10 and Kratsios will continue to serve as Federal CTO and deputy assistant to the president at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. “In seeking to fill this […]

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    Bob DeLuca, who recently began as deputy CIO of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will be returning to the General Services Administration (GSA) as acting Technology Transformation Service (TTS) director and the deputy Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) commissioner on detail.

  2. DHS Looks to Advances its Data Center and Cloud Optimization Efforts

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pushing forward with its Data Center and Cloud Optimization (DCC) efforts, according to a notice posted on beta.sam.gov.

  1. DoE’s Science Offices Lack Peripheral Device Security, IG Warns

    The Department of Energy (DoE) Inspector General (IG) warned in a July 6 summary of findings that department’s Office of Science lacked proper peripheral device security, leaving the agency exposed to the possibility of network compromise.

  2. Supply Chain Rule Limits Fed Acquisition From Chinese Providers

    A new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council rule will ban U.S. agencies from buying products or utilizing services from companies such as Huawei or ZTE starting August 13.

  3. FDA Issues RFI for its Next-Gen Data Center Efforts

    As part of its overall IT modernization strategy, the FDA is looking towards developing next-generation data centers. In a request for information (RFI) posted July 9, the FDA said it is “seeking information and input from the [private sector] for planning purposes for modernization, transformation and innovations for reengaging the FDA’s Next Generation Data Center efforts.”

  4. Veterans Affairs VA Vets VA on Track to Meet VA.gov PMA Goals, Progressing on Telehealth Milestones

    As part of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is tacking to major IT priorities – improving the veteran experience with VA.gov and expanding telehealth services. As part of its July update, the Department reported on how the VA is progressing towards achieving its agency priority goals.

  1. House Members Renew Calls for Privacy Bill After Pandemic Pause

    The leaders of the House subcommittee responsible for drafting Federal privacy legislation agreed on Thursday about the need to resume working together in order to pass a national standard, while the panel’s top Republican called for clarity on liability protections.

  2. JAIC Missions Expand to Cyber, InfoOps, Acting Director Says

    The newest Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) mission initiative in “joint information warfare” is making progress, according to Nand Mulchandani, who took over as acting director of the Defense Department AI development center last month.

  3. Rep. Connolly Calls for 3% Federal Pay Raise in FY2021 Budget

    House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., is helping to lead the charge for a 3 percent Federal pay raise in Fiscal Year 2021 budget legislation.

  4. Senators Warn Against ‘Unsafe’ Federal Office Reopenings

    Democratic senators from Maryland and Virginia penned a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael Rigas urging them to clarify Federal agency reopening plans to continue maximum telework, and arguing that it’s “unsafe” to bring employees back to the office.

  5. State Department IT Modernization Efforts Meeting PMA Milestones

    As part of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), the State Department has undertaken efforts to modernize the Department’s IT portfolio. In its July update, the State Department announced that it has met all PMA milestones for Q1 and Q2 of this year, and is on track to meet its Q3 milestones.

  6. Interior IG Flags IT, Other Challenges Amid Pandemic

    The Department of the Interior (DOI) is facing challenges in implementing the CARES Act, along with IT, financial and programmatic issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the agency’s inspector general.

  7. VA Seeking RPA to Solve EHR Backlog

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking robotics process automation (RPA) to reduce its electronic health record (EHR) backlog, reduce manual tasks, and increase the traceability of VA’s program.

  8. Funding Bill Aims to Modernize House of Representatives

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  9. Education Dept. Sets Higher Ed Cyber Improvement Goal Under PMA

    The Department of Education wants to improve student privacy and cybersecurity at institutions of higher education, and listed engaging those institutions as a goal over the next year in its July 2020 President’s Management Agenda update.

  10. CISA, DoJ PMA Goals aim to Shore up Nation’s Cyber

    The cyber agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to fix 75 percent of Federal agencies critical network vulnerabilities within 30 days of their discovery, according to a goal in the July 2020 update to the President’s Management Agenda