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NASA

Darlene Coen, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) deputy program director, will retire from government service in January 2023, the agency told MeriTalk.

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The Energy Department’s (DoE) Office of Science is looking to industry for help with bolstering the agency’s efforts to create a technological innovation bridge to span what it calls the “valley of death.” That’s the gap that separates promising technology developed in labs from their practical applications in the real world.

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IRS
Putting-Computer-Vision-to-Work

On today’s episode of MeriTalking, MeriTalk’s editor-in-chief John Curran sits down with Ryan Simpson, Senior Data Scientist at NVIDIA and Mike Broadwater, Vice President of Technology Services at Government Acquisitions, Inc. (GAI), to dive into CV – applications, maturity, adoption barriers, and examples of how agencies are putting CV to work.

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Larger Federal contractors are likely to face new requirements to report data on their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions that can impact supply chains under the White House’s proposed Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience Rule announced on Nov. 10.

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Sheila Cooch has departed as director of IT policy under the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to become the new CIO at the Energy Department’s Office of Science.

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Federal government and private sector officials said at a Nov. 8 ATARC event that government agencies have made notable progress in implementing the Biden administration’s May 2021 cybersecurity executive order, but that the government has still has a long way to go to reach the order’s full potential.

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New research from Lookout finds that mobile threats affecting Federal, state, and local governments are on the rise. Lookout, a provider of endpoint-to-cloud security, said that mobile phishing and device vulnerability risks within government agencies has increased since 2021.

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Vishnu Parasuraman, the Federal Hybrid Cloud Transformation OpenShift Offering Lead and Practice Lead at IBM, told attendees at the Red Hat Government Symposium on Nov. 9 that some quantum computing use cases for the Federal government are already well in focus, with potentially big payoffs as further use of the technology comes online.

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Cyber

Federal cybersecurity experts explained at a Nov. 8 ATARC event that the road to zero trust security is a long and often bumpy journey that their agencies at still learning to navigate, despite some being in the game for several years now.

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RedHat22

The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to embark on a major push into cloud services beginning within the next year, said Jonathan White, the Coast Guard’s Platforms and Data Branch Chief, at Red Hat’s Nov. 9 Government Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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Federal agencies have until December to implement cybersecurity requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) deceives, Katerina Megas, program manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) IoT cybersecurity program, said on Nov 8.

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A Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) official told attendees at the Nov. 9 Red Hat Government Symposium that the agency’s efforts to improve security threat hunting within Federal government networks relies on speeding threat data to end users who can best use it.

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Jesus Caban, Chief, Clinical and Research Informatics, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Amanda Purnell, Director of Data and Analytics Innovation, Department of Veterans Affairs

As the use of AI becomes more widespread, officials from the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) envision the technology being used to deliver better, innovative medical care to military forces and veterans.

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elections, voting, election security, midterms

The nation’s voting infrastructure received a clean bill of health today for its 2022 midterm election performance from the government’s top civilian cybersecurity agency, even as the outcome of numerous close election contests remained unknown late into the day after the elections.

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DoD Pentagon Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) remains on track to award its $9 billion Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract by December, DoD CIO John Sherman said during the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Forecast to Industry 2022 event on Nov. 7.

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Red Hat 2022

When natural disasters strike in the United States, victims depend on the government to deliver life-saving help at maximum speed. Modern technology – like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum information science – coupled with the cloud services to enable them is playing an increasing role in saving lives, property, and money, a Federal emergency response official said at Red Hat’s Government Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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On a modern battlefield, the side that can respond the fastest to changing information gains decisive advantage, and edge technology is proving to be the enabler of that crucial advantage, a senior U.S. Air Force tech leader said today at the Red Hat Government Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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cyber workforce

As Federal agencies work through the second year of implementing the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order issued in May 2021, one benefit not enumerated in the order is coming into view: chief information officers (CIO) and security officials are getting a bigger seat at the table with agency leadership.

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election security polling place

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Tuesday afternoon that it was seeing relatively smooth sailing for voting infrastructure and processes across the United States with polls open in all 50 states for the 2022 midterm elections.

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As President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) reaches its year-and-a-half milestone, Federal officials today agreed that the cyber EO is different from the rest as it “has legs” and will produce long-lasting results for the government.

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The Biden-Harris Administration on Nov. 4 announced $1.5 billion in funding for the Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Laboratories to build up and modernize their infrastructure and address deferred maintenance projects.

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Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Andrew R. Garbarino, R-N.Y., voiced in a Nov. 2 letter to President Biden their “immense concern” that the administration has yet to release a plan for continuation of the U.S. economy following a crippling cyberattack.

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