Bipartisan IT: Reps. Connolly, Issa Cranking up New Modernization Caucus
Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., have launched a new Congressional IT Modernization Caucus that they said will function as an “informal group” of lawmakers dedicated to addressing IT modernization challenges across government, and educating members of Congress on Federal IT issues.
CISA Official: Latest Cyber Order to Make Agencies Better Cyber Defenders
The latest cyber order released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) gives Federal agencies and industry the resources to stop or limit cybercriminals from infiltrating their systems; Michael Duffy, an associate director at CISA, said.
House of Representatives Launching Digital Service Team
The Office of the Chief Administrator in the House of Representatives is launching a House Digital Service team comprised of technology experts that will help improve members’ access to innovative technology tools, according to Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor.
Biden Administration Wants to Attract International STEM Students
The Biden Administration announced policy changes today to attract international science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students as part of a broader effort to make the U.S. economy more competitive.
DHS Adding 22 New STEM Fields of Study to OPT Program
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added 22 new fields of study to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for enhancing contributions of nonimmigrant students studying STEM subjects.
Reps. Khanna, Mace Developing Quantum Computing Bill to Secure Fed Data
Although encryption technologies currently work to prevent malicious adversaries from accessing Federal data, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., is working on legislation that would tackle future quantum computing challenges through the use of algorithms that employ post-quantum cryptography.
FBI Warns of Cybercriminals Tampering With QR Codes
The FBI has released a public service announcement (PSA) to warm the public about cybercriminals using Quick Response (QR) codes to steal financial information.
Agencies can’t secure what they can’t see. CISA’s Sean Connelly and Gigamon’s Michael Dickman examine how to achieve persistent visibility.
GAO Stands By Data Recommendation for HUD Funding Program
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been using funds from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) fund since 1993, but according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency could generate better data to deliver those funds to vulnerable populations in an equitable fashion.
Women Fed IT Leaders Discuss the Critical Need for Diversity in Fed IT Roles
Federal agencies have embarked on various IT modernization journeys in the last few years. Still, according to an all-woman panel of Federal IT leaders, a critical factor in successful IT modernization is a diverse workforce, which means hiring more women.
Lawmakers Eye FITARA Scorecard Changes on Cyber, CX, Modernization
Key lawmakers in the House voiced general agreement today that they want to explore making big changes to the semiannual FITARA Scorecard that rates major Federal agencies on progress toward IT-related goals.
USDA Awards $1.2B IT Infrastructure Contract to Lumen
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Lumen Technologies an 11-year task order worth more than $1.2 billion to modernize the agency’s IT infrastructure with “a fully integrated wide-area data transport service with secure remote access, contact center, and cloud connectivity solutions.”
CISA Releases Final IPv6 Considerations for TIC 3.0
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the finalized ‘IPv6 Considerations for TIC 3.0’ guidance document today, providing security considerations related to implementing the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 as Federal agencies transition to IPv6.
Agency CIOs Talk FITARA Scores, Where They Hope to Improve
Federal agency chief information officers (CIOs) discussed their agencies’ grades on the 13th edition of the FITARA Scorecard at a hearing of the House Government Operations Subcommittee on Jan. 20, and outlined areas where they hope to improve going forward.
Sens. Peters, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Commercial Satellites
Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced legislation last week to protect commercial satellites from cybersecurity threats.
ODNI Names Wichman as IC Election Threats Executive
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has a new election threats head with the hiring of Jeffrey Wichman as its Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive.
FITARA 13.0 – DCOI, EIS Transition Grades Shake up Agency Scores
Two broad score-keeping decisions by the House Oversight and Reform Committee shook up agency grades on the 13th edition of the committee’s FITARA Scorecard released on Jan. 20, with those changes likely to have a continuing impact on future scorecards results.
Federal Agency IT Grades Trend Higher on FITARA 13.0 Scorecard
The largest Federal agencies trended toward higher grades on key IT-related performance categories in the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s FITARA Scorecard version 13 released by the committee on January 20.
Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat Retiring in March
Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat said today she will retire from government service on March 31, capping off a Federal career that began with U.S. Navy service in 1981 and has since led ever-upward through the ranks of Federal IT leadership.
Federal CTOs Discuss 2022 Digital Transformation Plans
In this new year, agencies continue to embark on digital transformation journeys, modernizing IT applications and infrastructure. Federal technology leaders discussed their agency’s 2022 digital transformation plans and goals at ATARC’s Digital Transformation Summit on Jan. 18.
Biden Memo Urges DoD, National Security, IC to Comply With Cyber EO Requirements
President Biden today signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) intended to improve the cybersecurity of National Security, Department of Defense (DoD), and Intelligence Community (IC) Systems.
ONC Announces Completion of Electronic Health Info Sharing Framework
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) completed a framework to allow electronic health information to be more easily shared among providers and individuals called the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).