Biden Nominates John Sherman as Permanent DoD CIO
President Biden has announced his intent to nominate John Sherman as chief information officer (CIO) at the Department of Defense. Sherman has served as acting CIO at DoD since January.
NIST Receives Feedback on AI Risk Management Framework
A request for information (RFI) by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developing a framework to improve the management of risks to individuals, organizations, and society associated with AI received feedback to assist in its development.
House Rules Committee to Decide Which FY2022 NDAA Amendments Receive Votes
With fiscal year (FY) 2021 ending September 30, the House Rules Committee will be meeting on September 20 to decide which of the over 800 amendments filed for the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will get a floor vote.
DoD Awards $374M Contract to Modernize Travel Management System
The Department of Defense (DoD) has signed a seven-year, $374 million contract with Concur Technologies that makes the company the sole source for DoD’s Defense Travel Modernization (DTM) project, DoD announced Sept. 15 on SAM.gov.
Air Force, Navy to Gain New Supercomputers in $68 Million HPCMP Deal
The Department of Defense (DoD) High-Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) awarded two contracts, totaling $68 million, to Penguin Computing to provide high-performance supercomputers and associated capabilities for the Navy and Air Force.
OIG: CISA Must Update Plan for Critical Infrastructure Protection
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) says that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) needs to update plans for protecting critical infrastructure. CISA Director Jen Easterly said that an updated plan will be in by Sept. 30, 2022.
NIH Kicking off New IT Strategic Plan
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has invested “proactively and preemptively” in technology, so that when the coronavirus pandemic hit NIH it was able to seamlessly transition to a telework environment, according to the NIH CIO and Director of the Center for Information Technology, Andrea Norris.
Despite Federal agencies’ hunger for change, the idea of moving and modernizing myriad critical services from private servers to cloud infrastructure can seem overwhelming.
CISA Appoints New International Capacity Building Advisor
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) named Dawn McGuinness, an international relation professional with years of experience in national security, as the new International Capacity Building Advisor.
Focus on Identity First to Get to Zero Trust
Richard Bird is an Army veteran and an internationally recognized identity-centric security expert who has been a CIO and CISO and the global head of identity for JP Morgan Chase. Now, he is chief customer information officer for Ping Identity.
USPS Must Analyze Injury-Related Data Based on Career Status, GAO Says
A new government watchdog report finds that further analysis of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) injury-related data based on career status could help the agency reduce injuries, particularly for non-career employees.
GSA Working on Creating Cloud Marketplace, Releasing RFI Shortly
The General Services Administration (GSA) is working on setting up a Cloud Marketplace for Federal agencies, with the first phase of the project coming in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and a request for information also being worked on, a GSA official said today.
VA Faces 12 Percent Unvaccinated Rate at VHA Weeks Before Deadline
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has seen a nine percent increase in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees that have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the VA mandated the shot, but is still facing a 12 percent unvaccinated share of VHA employees with only a few weeks left before the Oct. 8 deadline.
New AUKUS Pact Features Partnerships to Advance Emerging Tech
The White House’s announcement this week of a new trilateral security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom named AUKUS – which will focus on the Indo-Pacific region – features pledges for cooperation between the three countries on a range of advanced technologies.
FCC Chair Welcomes Help on Broadband Benefits, Wary on Pricing
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel – long an advocate for government action to make broadband services more affordable in order to lessen the digital divide in the U.S. – said this week that she welcomes current congressional action to boost funding for broadband benefits but also expressed some skepticism about the effectiveness of service rate discount cuts being contemplated by Congress.
State Tech Vision: Breaking Down Labor Dept. Support for State UI Modernization
Now that the Federal government, via the Department of Labor (DoL), has signed up to put $2 billion of stimulus-related funding into shoring up beleaguered state unemployment insurance (UI) systems overpowered by the jobless claim surge due to coronavirus pandemic, Federal and state officials discussed how those efforts will roll out during a panel discussion at MeriTalk’s State Tech Vision virtual program on September 15.
Sen. Peters Calls for Resilient Supply Chains Amid Chip Shortage
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said on Sept. 15 that the United States’ supply chains are not resilient, and strengthening those supply chains is going to be critical for U.S. competitiveness going forward.
Fed CIOs Offer Cloud Best Practices
There is no “one size fits all” for an agency’s cloud journey, but chief information officers (CIOs) from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offered some top-level advice for agencies to help them along their journey.
In Tech We Trust: Confidence in Federal Technology Opportunity Dwarfs Faith in Government
In this era of political division, technology can be a unifier. While only 15 percent of Americans say they trust the Federal government to do what is right for them and their families all or most of the time, the vast majority (68 percent) say Federal spending on technology is worth the investment. That sentiment crosses party lines, with 79 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Republicans, and 60 percent of independents in agreement.
Tech Funding Abounds as House Panels Finish Reconciliation Markups
Proposed funding for a host of new tech-related spending projects are springing forth from new House committee legislative prints contributing to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, and now it’s wait-and-see on which – if any – of them survive what is likely to be a free-wheeling House-Senate negotiation on the giant spending bill.
Federal CIO Martorana Explains Customer Experience Policy Push
Federal CIO Clare Martorana today previewed the goals of ongoing efforts and forthcoming direction from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on improving customer/citizen experience (CX) with the Federal government, and set the bar high for expectations for service improvements that will follow.
Data Center Survey Shows Sustainability, Outage, and Efficiency Challenges
A new data center industry report from the Uptime Institute found that the data center industry has had to adapt to increasing complexity and challenges such as evolving efficiency and sustainability requirements, rising outage costs, the ongoing workforce shortage, and supply chain interruptions while also experiencing widespread growth.