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House Passes, President Signs Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion bill to stimulate the economy and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak on a voice vote with little to no audible opposition in the House chamber.

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  1. Pentagon Military Defense DoD DoD Contractors Must Ditch Huawei, ZTE, CISO Arrington Emphasizes

    Katie Arrington, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) CISO for acquisition and a prime mover for the recently released Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, this week emphasized the vital importance of defense contractors making the switch away from Chinese-built communications equipment.  

  2. FTC Working to Combat COVID-19 Scams

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joe Simons said that the agency is “doing our part” to recognize and overcome the challenges faced by consumers and businesses during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

  1. NCCoE Seeks Collaborators for Supply Chain Security Project

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking vendors and interested collaborators to participate in a supply chain project.

  2. White House 5G Security Strategy Includes Work With Allies

    The White House’s 5G security strategy policy document released this week lays out the Trump administration’s broad policy priorities for improving 5G wireless network security, including a commitment to work with U.S. allies to reach that goal.  

  3. EPA Environmental Protection Agency EPA Needs Risk Management, Incident Response Cyber Improvements, OIG Reports

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) security posture needs improved resiliency in areas such as risk management and incident response to “preserve the integrity of EPA data,” according to a March 24 Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report.

  4. Army Officials Stress Importance of Cloud, $800M Investment Plan

    Senior U.S. Army officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today that adoption of cloud architecture and services is high on the service branch’s IT priority list over the next several years.

  1. DHS Pressing on with Job Fair Webinars

    Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on the job market and various transitions to telework, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pressing on with online recruitment webinars. 

  2. Sen. Warner Urges Stronger Networking Device Security

    In a March 25 letter, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged six Internet networking device vendors to ensure their internet connectivity products “remain secure as Americans across the nation ramp up their use of these devices for remote work, health, and education purposes as part of COVID-19 social distancing efforts.”

  3. OPM Offers Distancing Guidance for new Fed Employee Onboarding

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is advising Federal agency officials to employ remote-access steps while onboarding new Federal government employees during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  4. Senate COVID-19 Relief Bill Prioritizes IT, Telework Across Agencies

    The $2 trillion COVID-19 coronavirus relief legislation, passed by the Senate late Wednesday night, includes far reaching Federal agency investments [link to Jordan’s story] to ramp up the government’s response to the pandemic, including funds for IT and telework infrastructure. The Senate legislation still requires approval by the House of Representatives, and President Trump’s signature.

  5. Senate Passes Stimulus – Agencies’ Top-Line Budgets Swell

    The $2 trillion measure approved by the Senate last night to help stimulate the flagging U.S. economy and respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will provide hefty increases to the budgets of numerous Federal agencies with major roles in pandemic response and mitigation.

  6. Fed Agencies Spending Millions on Health, IT Services During Virus Crisis

    Federal agencies have spent in the neighborhood of $387 million on contracts related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak during February and March.

  7. DISA Re-Ups Antivirus License for Teleworkers

    The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced March 23 that it renewed its antivirus software license agreement with McAfee, with the move coming amid increased employee telework caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  8. FBI, CBP Officials Praise TBM for Improving Agencywide Communication

    Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) organization praised implementation of Technology Business Management (TBM) practices for enhancing agencywide communication about IT priorities.

  9. Rigas Succeeding Weichert as OMB Management Deputy Director

    Michael Rigas, deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is taking on double duty with the additional role of acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and getting bumped up to acting director at OPM, the White House announced today.

  10. MeriTalk Q&A: ServiceNow Sees Strong Demand for Free COVID-Response Apps

    ServiceNow is seeing strong demand for a lineup of free apps the company began offering last week that can help its customers – and any other government agency or company – manage emergency response workflows in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, a senior ServiceNow official said this week.