MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community. […]

Following a House hearing on the cyber workforce shortage, the Department of Homeland Security released information about cyber training programs.






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In order to combat a cyber workforce shortage, the traditional U.S. education system needs to be revamped to better align with cybersecurity needs, according to testimony at a House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the education system in the United States in the quantities or the correct soft skills that are needed,” said David Jarvis, chief information officer at the IBM Institute for Business Value.






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The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs hosted its second Zoohackathon event to drive the creation of technological solutions to combat wildlife trafficking. Coders, technologists, and university students came together Sept. 22-24 at the San Diego Safari Park  to brainstorm, design, and develop solutions to impede wildlife trafficking.






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President Donald Trump will sign a memorandum today to strengthen computer science education in schools, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during a press briefing on Sept. 25. The memorandum will mandate that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provide $200 million per year in grants for science and technology education to strengthen STEM programs in schools, and to add computer science to the curriculum in K-12 schools.






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Through its series of summer camps and competitions, the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program is aiming to expand the cybersecurity workforce for both the public and private sector. “What they have learned is if they wait until someone is a college graduate, it’s too late, if they wait until they’re in college, it’s too late,” said CyberPatriot National Commissioner Bernie Skoch.






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James Dempsey, a former member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, wrote a letter last week proposing that President Donald Trump appoint a full board if Congress chooses to renew the National Security Agency’s surveillance law.






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