Ajit Pai, FCC Commisioner

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on April 17 he will vote to deny an application by China Mobile Ltd. to provide service in the U.S., citing security-related reasons similar to those that led Congress to bar the Federal government from doing business with China-based network equipment maker Huawei.






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GAO government accountability office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on April 17 provided updates on specific recommendations regarding cybersecurity and IT acquisition for the General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), respectively.






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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update on April 17 on the 13 priority recommendations identified in April 2018 for the Department of Justice (DOJ) with facial recognition software still being a key area for required action by the agency.






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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) rolled out a letter of open priority recommendations for the Energy Department (DoE), with nuclear modernization and aging legacy IT systems and cybersecurity featured among the seven major areas GAO highlighted.






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Imagine if every truck or car that ever wrecked or broke down on the roadways were just left there, rusting away with pieces scattered, while you and every other driver had to try to navigate around them.






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The Department of Interior (DOI) is seeking to let a single award, hybrid Time and Material contract to provide, operate, maintain, and improve its IRWIN (Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information) system in support of the agency’s Office of Wildland Fire (OWF).






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The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) within the Department of Education released its 10-year, $100 million Enterprise Middleware Architecture and Services solicitation on April 16 to support multiple iterations of middleware at the agency, including cloud.






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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is continuing with its electronic health record (EHR) modernization effort, and a notice posted today on FedBizOpps shows that VA is preparing to migrate data from its existing VistA system to its new commercial platform.






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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is recruiting for talent to serve on its advisory boards, including the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB), according to a notice posted in the Federal Register on April 10.






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The Treasury Department is looking to test and adopt Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technologies to help enable its employees to do “higher-value” work, according to Treasury’s Acting Senior Procurement Executive Harrison Smith.






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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a solicitation on April 12, looking for help with IT services at the National Ocean Service (NOS) across a wide range of IT infrastructure and technology. The solicitation is open until April 19.






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Ajit Pai, FCC Commisioner

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12.






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GSA General Services Administration

The General Services Administration (GSA) released the first half of its major IT refresh, the CIO Modernization and Enterprise Transformation (COMET) contract, the agency announced in a posting on April 12. The RFQ is open until April 29.






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Robotic Process Automation

The General Services Administration (GSA) is using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology to increase efficiencies across the agency, and a top agency official insists that employees have no reason to fear that their jobs will be eliminated as a result.






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global international cyber

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Malware Analysis Report (MAR) on Wednesday warning industry about cyberattacks from the Lazarus Group, which is widely believed to be backed by the North Korean government.






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Out of the 24 CFO Act agencies, 13 agencies reported that they had met data center closure goals set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and a majority met cost savings targets, but no agency with a data center met optimization targets, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).






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After the partial government shutdown that stretched from mid-December 2018 and into January 2019, the Department of Commerce took a long look at its needs, according to Acting Executive Director for Commerce’s Enterprise Services Program Jamie Krauk.






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