Margaret Weichert to Leave OMB in March

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    Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Dan Brouillette announced in a Feb. 13 memo that Karen Evans will leave her post as assistant secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). She will be succeeded by Alexander Gates.

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  • Pentagon DoD Defense Military Court Puts Temporary Hold On JEDI Contract Work

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued an order today that temporarily halts any new work on the Defense Department’s (DoD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract, according to numerous reports. The court ordered the temporary halt until it finishes sorting out a protest that was brought last year by Amazon Web Services […]

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  2. Ed Simcox Stepping Down as CTO at HHS

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  1. House Homeland Security Committee Passes Bill to Improve SLG Cybersecurity

    The House Homeland Security Committee advanced the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act out of committee on Feb. 12.

  2. DoJ CIO Klimavicz Retiring from Government

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  3. House Committee Passes two Bills to Strengthen Energy Grid Cybersecurity

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  2. NSF Official Emphasizes Importance of Cloud-Native Apps

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  3. Reps. Khanna, Meadows Introduce Bill to Codify GSA CoE

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  4. IARPA Wants SMART Program Proposals by April 7

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  6. OCWR Needs Improved Cybersecurity Management

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