MeriTalk Insight: Biden Budget Offers Early Blueprint … With CR in the Forecast
President Biden on April 9 released a massive $1.52 trillion fiscal year 2022 spending plan that reflects his vision of an expanded – and expansive – Federal government that boosts spending for domestic programs and addresses issues such as education, affordable housing, public health, racial inequality, and climate change, among many others.
TMF, Modernization Looming for Next FITARA Hearing, Panel Leaders Indicate
The top members of the House Government Operations Subcommittee indicated today that Federal IT modernization – and the role that the newly expanded Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) can play in furthering that goal – loom large in their thinking as they consider the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s ongoing tracking of Federal agency IT improvements via the FITARA Scorecard.
Want a Good FITARA Scorecard Grade? A Couple of CIOs Tell How…
The FITARA 11.0 scorecard released in December 2020 turned out to be a pretty good report card for Federal agency IT operations. The latest set of grades marked just the second time since the House Oversight and Reform Committee started measuring agency progress against Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA) and other key metrics that every agency received a passing score.
GAO: OMB Data Center Definition Change Creates Cyber Vulnerability
A 2019 tweak by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the definition of a data center – and thus how the Federal government proceeds with its Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) aimed at sharply cutting the number of data centers that Federal agencies operate – is having the effect of leaving the government more vulnerable to cyberattacks, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official concurred today.
- Bill Introduced to Prevent Exportation of U.S. Citizens’ Personal Data to Adversarial Nations
- USDS Administrator Matt Cutts Stepping Down
Tune in on Thursday, May 6 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT, where we’ll sit down with experts for the complimentary "Digital Hygiene: Tips for Ensuring Data Security Compliance" webinar to discuss the core tenants of data security compliance and what Federal agencies can learn from early DoD success.
- DoL Issues Guidance to Protect Retirement Plans From Cyber Threats
Nakasone: Workforce Development Issues Top Daily Thinking
Running both the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command in an era of expanding cyberattacks pushes a lot of pressing issues to the top of a leader’s to-do list, but for Gen. Paul Nakasone – who heads both organizations that are key to U.S. efforts to operate in cyberspace outside of national borders – workforce development tends to rise above the rest.
- Clear Strategy Needed for Information Warfare, DoD Official Says
- Three DoD CMMC Acquisition Rules Set to Become Permanent Shortly
White House Hints at ‘Hallmark’ of Expected Cybersecurity Order
A senior Biden administration official dropped significant hints today about the contents of the administration’s expected executive order (EO) on cybersecurity. The coming EO has been much talked about in policy circles in recent weeks, with a consensus view that it will be released soon, but without much firm detail about its expected content.
- USCIS CTO Talks Data Quality and Modernization
NSA, CISA, FBI Flag Five ‘Ongoing’ Russian SVR Attack Vectors
As promised in President Biden’s executive order today that sanctions the Russian government for the SolarWinds Orion cyberattack and other transgressions, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies published a list of five active Russian Foreign Intelligence Service cyberattack vectors that they say need network operators to defend against urgently.
- White House Names, Blames, Sanctions Russian Govt for Cyber, Election Assaults
- Amid EHR Rollout Pause, VA Officials Confident in Program’s Financial Performance
- USPTO Taking Multiple Paths to Improve Agency Cybersecurity
- Senate Bill Pushes for Federal Cybersecurity Employee Rotation System
- Senate Leaders Stake Out Policy Positions on NSF Tech Research Expansion
NSF Proposed $10.2B Budget Needed to Outpace China, Director Says
National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan told House appropriators today that the $10.2 billion proposed budget for the agency for fiscal year 2022 is necessary for the United States to remain a global tech leader, and to “outcompete” China in its efforts to take the top spot.
Fed OIGs Leveraging Technology to Adjust to Pandemic Landscape
Federal Inspectors General have the crucial task of agency oversight, often handling that job for large agencies while operating on relatively small budgets. To keep up with their responsibilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, IG offices have had to leverage new technologies – and old technologies in new ways – over the past year-plus, IG officials explained today.