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USICA/COMPETES Conference Kicks Off Weeks-Long Effort
The 107 conferees assigned to hash out the differences between the House and Senate-passed semiconductor manufacturing, innovation, and competition bills met for the first time May 12 to officially kick off the conferencing process and begin to stake out their priorities for the final bill.
  • Research: CDM Program Propelling Cyber EO Progress
    The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program – for several years a bedrock asset in the government’s bid to improve Federal agency cybersecurity – is having a decisive impact in furthering agency work on requirements of the Biden administration’s year-old Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO), new research findings from MeriTalk shows. Long before the 2021 Cyber […]
  • Breaking Down Cyber as Team Sport with Education Dept. CISO
    Achieving effective cybersecurity relies on experts from all corners of an enterprise – network systems administrators, cloud experts, data stewards, cybersecurity officers, and more. Making all of those parts work right together makes cybersecurity the ultimate team sport, and it requires all levels of an organization to understand and avoid risks to a network, said Steven Hernandez the chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Education (DoE).
  • FAA Official: Cyber Strategies Run Gamut from Better Hygiene to Zero Trust
    Larry Grossman, Director of Information Security and Privacy Services at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), explained this week that his organization’s priorities for improving cybersecurity run the gamut from the latest in zero trust work, to the more traditional but necessary steps to improve cyber hygiene across the board.
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  1. State Dept. CIO Keith Jones Stepping Down to Join Private Sector
    Keith Jones, the State Department’s chief information officer (CIO), will be stepping down from his post after 16 months to return to the private sector, a department spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.
  2. NTIA Releases NOFO for $42 Billion Broadband BEAD Program
    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for its $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program that will provide broadband access grants to underserved or unserved communities.
  3. supply chain Joyce Corell Named Deputy National Cyber Director for Tech, Ecosystem
    Joyce E. Corell has been appointed as the new acting Deputy National Cyber Director for Technology and Ecosystem.
  1. global international cyber U.S. Signs Onto Beefed-Up Budapest Convention Cyber Pact
    The United States on May 12 signed onto an expanded version of the Budapest Convention that governs international cooperation against cyber crime, and that in its expanded form will allow for easier collection of cross-border electronic evidence.
  2. AI DoJ, EEOC Warn AI Tech Use Can Violate ADA
    Federal authorities are cautioning employers about using tools like artificial intelligence (AI) in employment decisions because it could impede access to opportunities for people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  3. FedRAMP FedRAMP Decreases Number of Controls in Rev. 5 Transition
    As the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) program looks to transition to Revision 5 (Rev. 5) baselines – in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Rev. 5 security and privacy controls – Acting Director of FedRAMP Brian Conrad said the agency has been  able to decrease the number of controls for improved usability.
  4. GAO: CBP Should Improve Categorizing of Drug Seizure Data
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency should look to improve how it has been categorizing drug seizure data and evaluating training, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wrote in a new report.
  1. Survey: Feds Fretting Web App Security Turn to Dynamic Testing
    A significant share of Federal cybersecurity leaders are turning to dynamic application security testing (DAST) to speed the secure development of web applications, shown in new research from MeriTalk and Invicti, a developer of web application security technologies.
  2. House Clears Fed Cyber Rotational Bill, Supply Chain Measure
    The House of Representatives approved a pair of bills May 10 to bolster Federal cybersecurity by creating a Federal cybersecurity rotational workforce program and developing a training program for Federal officials with supply chain risk management responsibilities.
  3. Connolly Stumps for Near-Term Passage of FedRAMP Bill 
    House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said today he is looking for final congressional approval in the near term for legislation he has championed for the past several years that would codify into Federal law the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The program certifies the security of cloud technologies for Federal government use.
  4. House Approves Bill for NSF to Pursue Privacy-Enhancing Tech
    The House of Representatives voted on May 11 to approve H.R. 847 – the Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act, by a margin of 401-19.
  5. Open Source Software Key to Modernizing DoD Systems, USAF CIO Says
    Open source software could be the key to modernizing and updating the Department of Defense’s (DoD) weapons and communications systems with software patches and updates, according to U.S. Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger.
  6. Lawmaker Presses VA on EHR Complications, Transparency
    A key House lawmaker is continuing to press the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for transparency amid reports of possible service changes and ongoing performance issues with the agency’s new electronic health records (EHR) system.
  7. Tech Looms Large as OPM Issues Workforce Priorities Marching Orders
    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued the 2022 Federal Workforce Priorities Report, in which it asks agencies to choose two workforce priorities from a list of four to focus on until the next edition of the report scheduled for 2026.
  8. DIU Director Michael Brown to Retire When Term Ends in September
    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) will undergo a change in leadership later this year, as DIU Director Michael Brown plans to retire when his current term ends September 2, a DoD spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.
  9. Countdown to MerITocracy: Speeding Improved Citizen Service
    Can technology innovation – coupled with the boldest kind of leadership – work together to start fixing the most intractable problems facing America? On July 21 – we’re going to find out. The countdown to MerITocracy 2022: American Innovation Forum is on. In the lead-up to the event, we are table-setting a host of big […]
  10. DIU Gears up New App to Find Undiscovered Workforce Talent
    The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is testing and getting ready to deploy a new artificial intelligence matching application aimed at finding talented military personnel who can take on short-term assignments supporting a variety of Defense Department (DoD) projects.