Federal government cybersecurity leaders told House members today that the government has made very significant progress in executing the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) issued a year ago, but also reminded lawmakers that funding is key to continued success in implementing crucial tenets of the order.

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MerITocracy 2021

In the lead-up to the in-person forum in Washington, D.C., we are table-setting a host of big issues that will get serious attention at MerITocracy 2022.  And lining up some big guns in Congress – Reps. Bill Foster, D-Ill, and Tom Emmer, R-Minn. – along with Chamber of Digital Commerce CEO Perianne Boring to point the way forward.

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Emerging tech

A memorandum of understanding unveiled today between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) will help speed the transition to GSA contract vehicles for Federal civilian agencies a range of technologies that have already been successfully prototyped by DIU.

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Achieving effective cybersecurity relies on experts from all corners of an enterprise – network systems administrators, cloud experts, data stewards, cybersecurity officers, and more. Making all of those parts work right together makes cybersecurity the ultimate team sport, and it requires all levels of an organization to understand and avoid risks to a network, said Steven Hernandez the chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Education (DoE).

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The 107 conferees assigned to hash out the differences between the House and Senate-passed semiconductor manufacturing, innovation, and competition bills met for the first time May 12 to officially kick off the conferencing process and begin to stake out their priorities for the final bill.

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for its $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program that will provide broadband access grants to underserved or unserved communities.

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global international cyber

The United States on May 12 signed onto an expanded version of the Budapest Convention that governs international cooperation against cyber crime, and that in its expanded form will allow for easier collection of cross-border electronic evidence.

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AI

Federal authorities are cautioning employers about using tools like artificial intelligence (AI) in employment decisions because it could impede access to opportunities for people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Larry Grossman, Director of Information Security and Privacy Services at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), explained this week that his organization’s priorities for improving cybersecurity run the gamut from the latest in zero trust work, to the more traditional but necessary steps to improve cyber hygiene across the board.

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The House of Representatives approved a pair of bills May 10 to bolster Federal cybersecurity by creating a Federal cybersecurity rotational workforce program and developing a training program for Federal officials with supply chain risk management responsibilities.

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Veterans Affairs

A key House lawmaker is continuing to press the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for transparency amid reports of possible service changes and ongoing performance issues with the agency’s new electronic health records (EHR) system.

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MerITocracy 2021

Can technology innovation – coupled with the boldest kind of leadership – work together to start fixing the most intractable problems facing America? On July 21 – we’re going to find out. The countdown to MerITocracy 2022: American Innovation Forum is on. In the lead-up to the event, we are table-setting a host of big […]

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The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is testing and getting ready to deploy a new artificial intelligence matching application aimed at finding talented military personnel who can take on short-term assignments supporting a variety of Defense Department (DoD) projects.

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White House

The Biden Administration is continuing to build out its still-nascent Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) with three new senior additions to the team including a prominent executive from Microsoft and a former official from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint cybersecurity advisory on May 11 – along with Federal law enforcement partners and international allies – that warns of an increase in malicious cyber activity targeting managed service providers (MSPs).

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While the COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of students to have their education disrupted during the 2020-2021 school year, teachers have since reported finding limited strategies that could be helpful in mitigating learning loss, the Federal government’s top watchdog agency said in a new report.

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Cybersecurity services provider CrowdStrike said today it has identified a sophisticated post-exploitation framework that was first detected in 2021 and that has been observed in multiple victim environments in geographically distinct locations – with intrusions spanning technology, academic, and government sectors.

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As the Federal government and Department of Defense look to find creative solutions to problems, creators will need to emphasize getting accurate nonbiased data and understanding the user experience (UX) of their product if they look to create something that is both useful and used, the Chief Data Officer for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said.

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Nearly two-thirds – 63 percent – of Federal mission and IT officials surveyed earlier this year believe their agencies are on track to meet the Office of Management and Budget’s zero trust security targets by the end of Fiscal Year 2024, according to new research published today by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).

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AI

The General Service Administration’s (GSA) Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence (AI CoE) has launched an Applied AI Challenge that seeks to bring forth industry solutions for AI technologies, the AI CoE announced. The challenge aims to find solutions to aid citizen service delivery in areas of natural language processing engines, unified platforms, computer vision engines, and general AI functions.

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