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Christopher Krebs under secretary undersecretary DHS Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate NPPD leader CISA cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs told the nation’s mayors this week that Federal government needs to ensure that state and local governments have the resources needed to combat growing cybersecurity concerns, and said that heightened security threats from Iran and elsewhere may help provide governments with the leverage to get that done.






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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Jan. 22 that the Federal government’s backlog of security clearance has fallen to near 200,000, from its peak of 725,000 backlog applications in 2018.






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.gov website cybersecurity government

The General Services Administration (GSA) has published version 2.0 of its website design standards that are intended to guide Federal agencies to compliance with provisions of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA) Act that became law in 2018.






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The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has proposed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Playbook for the Federal government on the heels of the AI/Machine Learning Primer from 2019.






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Mary Davie is leaving the General Services Administration (GSA) after a 30-year career – much of it in the top ranks of acquisition management – and is landing at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the title of Deputy Associate Administrator, Mission Support Transformation.






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Treasury Department contact centers are spending 80,000 hours each year on calls that should not have required human interaction, according to Management and Program Analyst Jennifer Hill, but now the agency is using employee and citizen feedback to find emerging tech that can fix that.






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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has named Sylvia Burns Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, with a mandate to lead implementation of the agency’s five-year IT modernization plan.






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While touting the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to smooth the path for 5G wireless infrastructure and service deployment, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today that “accelerating infrastructure deployment [has] created a new challenge and opportunity.”






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CenturyLink announced Jan. 22 that it won a task order to provide virtual private networking, internet, voice, and video services to the Department of Defense (DoD) Education Activity (DoDEA) learning network.






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Former Director of Digital Service at the Department of Health Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Shannon Sartin will be taking over at the chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.






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Mona Siddiqui announced in a Jan. 16 blog post that she is stepping down as Chief Data Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer, a position she has held for the past three years.






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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon in a Jan. 17 letter to release a “long-delayed rule” that will “ensure providers can successfully use telehealth to treat individuals with substance use disorders.”






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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) plans to award transactional agreements supporting remote sensing technology for a peacetime indication and warning system, based on the results of an 18-month competition.






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