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The board that reviews Federal agency applications for project funding provided by the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) has been highly selective with the applications it receives and has sent most applicants back to the drawing board to improve their requests, said one of the board members at the AGA/AFFIRM CFO/CIO Summit held on May 7. […]

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a discussion draft version of the upcoming NIST Privacy Framework on Wednesday, May 1, with principles and practices aligned with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a list of 55 “national critical functions” today, signaling a shift from protecting specific critical infrastructure sectors to protecting specific activities that are crucial to the country.






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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report today that shines a light on nine Federal agencies for 12 practices the agencies adopted to help them more effectively implement FITARA (Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act) provisions.






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Amy Gilliland, president of General Dynamics Information Technology, showcased the company’s ability to innovate emerging technologies to fit the needs of the Federal government’s military and civilian sectors at the company’s Emerge event in Washington on Tuesday, but said at the bottom line that the people involved in the ecosystem are the prime differentiators of success.






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Acquisition

For the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and General Services Administration (GSA), acquisition of new technologies and methodologies requires making sure that all the right processes and controls are in place.






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Federal CIO Suzette Kent said today she is “hopeful” that the Federal Data Strategy and guidance on the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act will be released “in the next 30 days” by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).






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supply chain risk management process automation

Over the past couple of years, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Critical Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) has been asking itself several questions to increase cross-agency governance for cybersecurity and supply chain management.






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Since FedRAMP introduced the Tailored baseline for Low-Impact Software-as-a-Service (Li-SaaS) in 2017, 11 cloud services at 10 Federal agencies – accounting for 25 percent of all services authorized in 2018 – have achieved Tailored authorizations which has allowed the project management office (PMO) to identify best practices for Cloud Service Providers (CSP) and agencies who may consider a FedRAMP Tailored authorization.






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FedRAMP (the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) is looking to automation and reciprocity with industry standards in different sectors as it focuses on improvements in 2019, said Ashley Mahan, director of the FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO), at FCW’s Cloud Summit today.






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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found in an April 2 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) report that NRC should improve its software and network management and security.






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While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program has been successful in driving security deeper into Federal networks, an agency program manager warned this week that without funding for agency IT departments, much of CDM’s progress could be set back.






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It’s been a long road, winding through swaths of government data, unstructured and unrefined, toward a new vision of public service where government anticipates the needs of its citizenry. There’s been a lot of downtime and detours in between for technology and mission to catch up with that vision.






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President Trump on Tuesday issued an Executive Order that puts into place a range of policy actions to increase awareness of the danger that electromagnetic pulse (EMP) episodes pose to electric grids and  technology networks, and the critical infrastructure assets that depend on them – and to at least soften the potentially disastrous impact of naturally occurring or man-made EMPs. 






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