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As Congress begins work on future COVID-19 relief bills, a group of bipartisan legislators wrote to House and Senate leadership urging them to include funding for state and local government (SLG) IT infrastructure in future relief bills.






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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal IT operations are providing a resilient fabric that enables accelerated delivery of vital services to citizens during an unprecedented public health crisis. As government IT operations reach their new steady-state and map the path to further modernization, MeriTalk is surfacing the untold stories – and lessons – of those efforts. In the latest installment of CIO Crossroads, we examine the Labor Department’s performance eight weeks into the fray.






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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies like the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have made the telework transition much easier for their personnel because of cloud-based systems.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) revealed a new human-centered design for its Cloud Information Center (CIC) on May 13, in accordance with web design guidelines in the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act. 






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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a cloud-based solution to improve its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Management Information System, according to a May 12 request for information (RFI).






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After a long day of driving, Iowa’s plow drivers used to have to drive back to a garage to enter their time on a timesheet. The drive could be a considerable number of miles, said the state’s chief data officer (CDO). But not anymore after a move to a cloud-based system.






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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is searching for enterprise cloud integration services (ECIS) to migrate its Office of Information and Technology (OIT) IT systems to a full-service, cloud-based system, according to an April 29 request for comments.






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The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to spend up to $41.5 million on new cloud-based software. In a task order posted April 29, USSOCOM said it was searching for a vendor to provide a subscription service of a Library Management system (LMS) cloud-based software program to support the Theatre Special Operations Command (TSOC) and Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) patrons.






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Katie Arrington, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) lead and CISO for acquisition at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Undersecretary of Defense, confirmed that the CMMC and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) offices are working on a way to grant reciprocity between the two certifications.






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The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking to purchase a subscription-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) survey programming platform to support its Rapid Response Survey Study on COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts.






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Public and private sector IT leaders gave credit this week to the Federal cloud strategy for helping to push governments to adopt cloud services, even if new research shows that government adoption of those services is moving at only a moderate pace.






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