USDA CIO Aims to Boost FITARA Scores in December

Department of Agriculture (USDA) CIO Gary Washington said today that his agency is focusing on boosting its FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) grades by the time the House Oversight and Reform Committee issues its next set of scores – expected in December – and is confident that the agency can accomplish that goal.

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  2. AG Barr Speaks About Dangers of Encryption Advancements

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  3. NSA Forming Cybersecurity Directorate in October

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  4. Health and Human Services HHS Employees Urge HHS to Keep Telework Policies in Place

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  1. CompTIA Commits to Certify 625,000 Tech Workers Over Next Five Years

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  8. House Bill Would Provide DoD Academic Advice on Cyber

    A bill introduced on July 18 by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., would establish a rotating consortium of universities with cyber expertise to advise the Department of Defense (DoD) on cybersecurity issues and coordinate academic feedback to DoD requests for assistance.

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