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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has appointed Devon Beard as its new director of operations for End User Operations within the Office of Information and Technology (OIT).

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 17 held a hearing to consider the nominations of three White House picks for senior positions at the Department of Energy (DoE) that would oversee the agency’s cybersecurity efforts and clean energy goals.

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Iranian nation-state threat actors breached a Federal agency’s network before deploying malware, including a credential harvester and a cryptocurrency miner, according to a joint advisory released on Nov. 16, by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a Nov. 16 report that Federal agencies need to up their ransomware assistance for state, local, Tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government organizations – including schools – by improving interagency collaboration, awareness, outreach, communication, and coordination with schools.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sized up the U.S. Secret Service’s work thus far on migrating to a zero trust security footing, and found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component still has plenty of work to do on that effort.

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has partnered with Google Cloud for many years in the agency’s worldwide mission, quickly tapped cloud-driven capabilities to render quick assistance last year to Afghanis fleeing their country for haven in the United States.

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The Biden-Harris administration’s 120-day cyber apprenticeship “sprint” launched earlier this year has netted some impressive results including the hiring of over 7,000 apprentices, creation of nearly 200 new cybersecurity apprenticeship programs, and the addition of 120 cybersecurity-related occupations to the program.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is in the process of awarding the first Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract and is “highly confident” in its December delivery date, said Sharon Woods, director of the Hosting and Compute Center (HaCC) at DISA.

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Officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the General Services Administration talked about key decision points in their agencies’ move to cloud services at the Google Government Summit on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

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NOAA Fisheries, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is leveraging technology to more easily combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, with the aim of protecting ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries.

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Charged with serving as the Federal lifeline for millions of citizens who need immediate help in the face of life-threatening disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leaning heavily on cloud services to run its data management system more efficiently, securely, and collaboratively.

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NIH

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) official said today that the agency is leveraging its vast flows of data through Google Cloud to lengthen the lives of Americans and reduce the impacts of disabilities and disease.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on Nov.14 that indicates that the Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) need to enhance their work on sharing reports on cybersecurity incidents.

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No tool helps future-proof all the digital capabilities and technology in a Federal agency’s tool belt. Therefore, it’s important that when developing or onboarding new tools Federal agencies keep in mind the tool’s agility, Federal experts said at the Google Government Summit on Nov. 15 in Washington D.C.

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A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is encouraging those in the medical field to leverage machine learning (ML) to detect diseases earlier, broaden healthcare access, and improve the consistency and accuracy of patients’ diagnoses.

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What does the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections mean for Federal IT and cybersecurity issues over the next two years? The shortest answer to that question appears to be a fairly positive outlook based on congressional temperament, interest, and necessity.

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The U.S. Army Enterprise Service Desk (AESD) has awarded a $757 million contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to continue providing software development and management services.

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Capt. Kathleen Powell, Force Data Officer (FDO) at the U.S. Navy Reserve, explained how the Reserve is using the Jupiter platform to advance its analytical capabilities and processes during a Federal News Network webinar on Nov. 10.

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