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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Sept. 28 voted to approve legislation that would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to undertake and fund a new initiative to provide industrial control systems (ICS) security training.

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President Biden signed the Chips and Science Act into law just last month, but Department of Commerce (DoC) Secretary Gina Raimondo said this week that Americans need to see tangible benefits from this legislation “as fast as possible” to build needed long-term support for domestic semiconductor production.

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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted on Sept. 28 to advance the Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act, which would prohibit Federal government procurement from companies that operate within Russia. 

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Simply training people for the tech jobs that need to be filled by government won’t solve the mounting level of job vacancies in those fields, according to Matisha Montgomery, chief learning officer, talent development and workforce planning division, at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 tossed a wrench – although likely only a temporary one – into the nomination process of Colleen Shogan to become the new National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archivist.

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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted today to advance the Computers for Veterans and Students (COVS) Act, which would open a new pipeline for the Federal government to send computer gear to students and veterans.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved by voice vote today a bill that would order Federal government agencies to undertake an inventory of all software used by the government – with a view toward eventually creating strategies to consolidate government software contracts, create governmentwide software licenses, and move toward adopting open-source software.

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In 2022, modernizing the Federal government’s workforce means leveraging technology to address past and present diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) challenges, government officials said this week.

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The legislative push to develop digital identity systems took another step forward today when the  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted today to advance the Improving Digital Identity Act.

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A new survey of several hundred cybersecurity professionals reveals that nearly two-thirds of their organizations are considering alternatives to virtual private network (VPN) infrastructure for providing remote access because of the technology’s vulnerability to sophisticated cyber attacks. At the same time, the vast majority of those organizations are moving to adopt zero trust security architectures to improve security.

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) component has not comprehensively assessed the quality of care patients have received through telehealth services, and lacks some key data on telehealth services delivered in patients’ homes or via phone, according to a recent report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  

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Veterans Affairs

A new audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is predicting that the agency will reach full compliance with its obligations under the Geospatial Data Act in the near future.

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is recommending the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) create a $500 million investment fund for semiconductor startups, according to its September report.

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House leadership has teed up votes for this week on legislation to extend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and a bill shepherded by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., to provide for Federal workforce safety measures during health-related emergencies. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, […]

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The General Services Administration (GSA) announced the 28 inaugural members of the GSA Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee (GAP FAC), which will advise GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan on emerging acquisition issues, challenges, and opportunities.

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) released a new cybersecurity advisory on September 22 to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure better protect operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) assets from the increasing probability of cyberattacks.

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White House

Lizzy Ragan has been appointed to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by the President’s Commission of White House Fellows for the 2022-2023 class, according to a press release published on Sept. 14.

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Large Federal government agencies across the board could be doing more to protect the personal and private information of individuals that they collect, and would benefit from beefing up the roles of their senior privacy officials, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The report examines the government’s 24 CFO Act agencies, and […]

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The Biden-Harris administration last week appointed six policy leaders to the newly established CHIPS for America offices – which are housed within the White House and the Department of Commerce (DoC) – to lead the way in implementing the CHIPS and Science Act.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component has awarded an 11-year, $119 million task order to AT&T to help the agency modernize its networks and ensure reliable, high-speed wireline and wireless connectivity.

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The Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that the agency – along with state workforce agencies – has paid more than $45 billion in unemployment insurance (UI) pandemic benefits to fraudsters, according to an alert memorandum published on Sept. 21.

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced bipartisan legislation on Sept. 22 that aims to protect open-source software in response to issues raised by the Log4j vulnerability that emerged in December 2021.

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