CISA Issues Emergency Directive to Feds for VMware Updates
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an emergency directive to Federal government civilian branch agencies running several VMware products to apply updates to those, or remove them from agency networks until updates can be made.
Senate Confirms Grundmann to FLRA, Giving Democrats a Majority
The Senate voted last week to confirm Susan Grundmann to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) with a 50-49 vote, giving Democrats control of the agency in charge of administering the labor-management relations program for more than two million non-postal Federal employees.
Army Tech Transition Keys on Mobility, Cutting Technical Debt
Department of Defense (DoD) information technology leaders and the warfighters they serve are incorporating edge computing, modern data tools, and emerging technologies to enable their missions today and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, according to a senior U.S. Army IT official.
Rep. Swalwell Introduces ICS Cybersecurity Bill
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., introduced legislation on May 16 that aims to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity protections for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) amid increased Russian cyber threats to ICS targets.
Education Dept. Names Margaret Glick CIO of Fed Student Aid Office
The Department of Education has named Margaret Glick as the new Chief Information Officer of the agency’s Federal Student Aid Office.
House Passes SLG Cybersecurity Act, Sends to President’s Desk
The House of Representatives passed the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act on May 17, which would promote increased cybersecurity collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments (SLTT).
White House Officials Sizing Up Quantum Challenge
White House science and technology officials are working to size up a host of challenges that will be posed in the coming years as quantum computing technologies become more mature, including migrating security technologies and attracting a stronger quantum science workforce to the United States.
Cyber Central May 2022 – Mission: Cyber Resilience
Join Federal government and industry experts on Thursday, May 19 at MeriTalk’s in-person Cyber Central to explore how agencies are advancing approaches to build a more resilient government cyber security posture.
NIST Leaning on Strong Feedback for Cyber Framework Update
As the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) works to update its influential Cybersecurity Framework – first issued in 2014 and later updated in 2018 – a NIST official said on May 17 that the agency is leaning on industry feedback as it embarks on the new update.
Federal Cyber Leaders Claim ‘Tremendous’ EO Progress, Remind Funding is Key
Federal government cybersecurity leaders told House members today that the government has made very significant progress in executing the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) issued a year ago, but also reminded lawmakers that funding is key to continued success in implementing crucial tenets of the order.
Energy Cybersecurity Bill Favorably Reported to House
The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology voted today to favorably report the Energy Cybersecurity Leadership Act of 2022 (H.R. 7569) to the full House for consideration.
Former Postal Service CIO Joins GDIT
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has named Kristin Seaver – who served as CIO at the United States Postal Service (USPS) from 2016 to 2020 – vice president of strategic client engagement.
NCD Inglis: All Infrastructure Bill Projects Should be ‘Cyber Aware’
With $1.3 trillion of investments to infrastructure projects on tap in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis today emphasized the importance of making sure each of those projects are made secure from a cyber perspective.
Energy Dept. Seeking Feedback on Grid Rebuilding Efforts
The Department of Energy (DoE) has begun to gather feedback on a $2.5 billion investment to build out new power transmission infrastructure across the country using funds approved by Congress in bipartisan infrastructure legislation.
Rapid Response, Training High on U.S. TRANSCOM Cyber Priority List
Rapidity of incident response and personnel training are high on the priority list at the Defense Department’s U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) as it grapples with implementing cybersecurity strategies, a TRANSCOM official said on May 12.
GAO Spots Billions More in Potential Fed Savings in Overlap Report
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report laying out how the Federal government could save billions in spending and improve the efficiency of its programs and activities – with up to $21 billion of projected benefits for 2022 and beyond.
White House Nominates Assistant Secretary of Defense for DIB Policy
President Biden has nominated Laura Taylor-Kale to be the next assistant secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, the White House announced May 13.
Countdown to MerITocracy: Crypto and Blockchain at the Crossroads
In the lead-up to the in-person forum in Washington, D.C., we are table-setting a host of big issues that will get serious attention at MerITocracy 2022. And lining up some big guns in Congress – Reps. Bill Foster, D-Ill, and Tom Emmer, R-Minn. – along with Chamber of Digital Commerce CEO Perianne Boring to point the way forward.
Big Tech Pledges $30M to Bolster Open Source Software Security
Several major technology organizations have pledged more than $30 million to bolster the security of open-source software.
GSA-DIU Pact Will Speed DIU Tech Prototypes to GSA Contracts
A memorandum of understanding unveiled today between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) will help speed the transition to GSA contract vehicles for Federal civilian agencies a range of technologies that have already been successfully prototyped by DIU.
House Oversight Approves AI Training, Quantum Cyber, Workforce Bills
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform on May 11 voted to approve a bevy of bills that aim to help advance IT modernization and address government Federal workforce needs.
GSA Wants Feedback on New Polaris IT Contract Plans
The General Services Administration (GSA) has updated its request for proposals (RFPs) for its Polaris small business-focused governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) vehicle, and is looking for industry feedback on the changes before reopening the RFPs.