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The United States Postal Service (USPS) Corporate Information Security Office will be adding 60 new cybersecurity positions to its workforce, with some requiring security clearances.






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Big Data Analytics

With initiatives like the Federal Data Strategy, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, and the President’s Management Agenda pushing agency use of data, a new study from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton examines the best practices for agencies looking to use their data to drive better results.






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A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), issued June 28, directs agencies to make all Federal records electronic by the end of 2022, and pushes them to close paper storage facilities in support of “the transition to a fully electronic government.”






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Cyber workforce people

The transition from military duty to civilian life can be difficult even in the best of circumstances. The ServiceNow Veterans Program aims to ease that passage and put veterans and their spouses in the driver’s seat of careers in the IT sector.






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President Trump said at the G20 Summit in Japan on Sunday that the U.S. would be lifting some restrictions on Huawei Technologies that have barred American companies from selling technology to the Chinese communication equipment maker.






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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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In the race to 5G dominance, the U.S. government might not have the capacity to handle the technology to lead the field, which could greatly impact information sharing, said a top intelligence official.






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Military AI

In establishing a foundation across an organization as large as the Department of Defense, it takes an organizational shift that’s supported by allies across industry and academia – and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is building towards that.






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Members of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation discussed at a June 25 hearing ways the Federal government can help state and local governments (SLGs) deal with their cybersecurity challenges, including providing funding and opportunities to collaborate.






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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released an interagency report offering guidance for Federal agencies for managing Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity and privacy risks.






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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) finalized the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) policy on June 25, largely keeping the draft policy in place despite criticisms from Congress and industry.






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The Census Bureau did not implement security baselines and basic security practices for its cloud implementation, leading to “severe risks to 2020 Census cloud environments,” according to an audit from the Department of Commerce Inspector General released June 19.






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The release of the Cloud Smart policy yesterday has given agencies a “North Star” of guidance on how to accelerate cloud adoption, Federal Deputy CIO for the Office of Management and Budget Margie Graves said today.






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