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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2020 through 2024, and is keeping cybersecurity as an agency goal and reinforcing the agency’s current activities to improve Federal cybersecurity.






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The Department of Commerce issued a request for information (RFI) for the Commerce CIO, Solutions and Partners (S&P) requirement, that supports the Office of Enterprise Services and Solutions (OESS) whose priority is delivering IT solutions.






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Federal spending budget

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., have submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2500) for FY2020 that would block the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA).






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Alex Greenstein joined the Commerce Department today as director of the U.S.-European Union (EU) Privacy Shield – which helps companies comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU and Switzerland to the U.S.  He was a senior advisor for international communications and information policy at the State Department. […]

NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced July 2 that it is seeking public comment on a draft plan titled “U.S. Leadership in AI: Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools.”






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Contradicting President Trump’s comments at the G20 Summit in Japan last weekend, the Department of Commerce has said today that Huawei Technologies remains on the Entity List and will continue to review licenses for exports to Huawei for their national security impacts.






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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in a July 2 report that poor contract change data management and monitoring in the General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contributes to inconsistencies agency officials and industry representatives have found in the length of contract change processes.






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According to guidance issued by the Chief Human Capital Officers Council within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), agencies can now use “Data Scientist” with the occupational titles of positions whose major portion of work is performing data science tasks.






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The General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Transition Ordering Assistance (TOA) task order is not supporting customer agencies in the government-wide transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, the GSA Inspector General (IG) found in a recent report.






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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for people to serve on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee, which has 12 members who each serve for a minimum of three years and are ultimately appointed by the Commerce Secretary. Members are responsible for reviewing nominations and recommending “the […] […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking about corporate influence on the commission’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) is influenced by corporate interests and industry insiders.






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voting booth, election security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking information to help it adopt a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tool that would bolster the agency’s cybersecurity and help it mitigate breaches in a recent request for information (RFI).






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Budget Federal spending

By a vote of 86-8, the Senate voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790) which includes funding to accelerate artificial intelligence solutions within the Defense Innovation Unit, enhancing cybersecurity, and cloud capabilities.






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Members of Congress raised concerns over what they called a spotty response from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to requests from the Hill for documents related to OPM’s reorganization plan, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations on June 27.






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