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A new executive order released today by the White House establishes a rotational assignment program for Federal cybersecurity personnel, requires agencies to incorporate cybersecurity aptitude assessments into their personnel development programs, and emphasizes the adoption of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework in government contracts, among other measures. […]

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The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today launched a new competition to create a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center to address challenges facing the Federal government. The competition runs from today through August 1, 2019.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is in the process of creating a plan for developing standards and tools to support artificial technologies and are currently seeking information on helping NIST “understand the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities regarding the development and availability of AI technical standards.”






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With the release of a new memo by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on shared services today, a major revamp of how the Federal government approaches and acquires cybersecurity services, financial management systems, HR systems, and more is underway.






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A new memo released today by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revamps the Federal government’s approach to shared services by establishing lead agencies for business support areas, including cybersecurity, and requiring agencies to meet government-wide standards and gain approval to go outside shared services.






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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is being careful about introducing any kind of unintended bias in its use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to Margie Graves, Deputy CIO at OMB, who said today that Federal agencies should be very judicious about the technologies’ “fit for use.”






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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on April 17 provided updates on specific recommendations regarding cybersecurity and IT acquisition for the General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), respectively.






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President Trump today appeared to back away from the notion that the Federal government ought to invest in a “wholesale” 5G wireless network, and instead backed policy that commits to “efficient spectrum use and spurring private-sector investment in 5G networks.”






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Kratos Defense and Security Solutions announced April 8 that the company will serve as a founding member of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) with support from the Federal government.






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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Digital Service (USDS) are teaming up to determine a new way to hire IT talent for Federal positions.






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President Trump on March 26 said he was extending by one year–to April 2020–the national emergency regarding cybersecurity threats that was declared by President Obama in 2015 under Executive Order 13694, and amended in 2016 by Executive Order 13757.






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In one of many budget hearings taking place on the Hill this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government heard from Russell T. Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the agency’s FY2020 budget request. While the bulk of the hearing didn’t address IT issues, Vought did touch on IT spending, IT modernization, and the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).






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President Trump is poised to nominate Michael Kratsios to become United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO), according to numerous press reports that cite unnamed White House officials.






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The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) celebrated its birthday yesterday with a successful first year, but the goal for the future of government IT modernization must be to scale those successes across the Federal government, said Federal CIO Suzette Kent.






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President Trump – and the nation – face a daunting list of challenges both on the home front and overseas, and how they are managed now and into the future will be key determinants of national success, or failure. 






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The White House launched a new online portal–AI.gov–today to outline the Trump administration’s national artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives in a consolidated website.






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The White House’s proposed FY2020 budget includes $87.70 billion for IT spending, an increase of close to $1 billion for civilian agencies, but a decrease of nearly $1.25 billion in unclassified defense IT spending, according to the Analytical Perspectives document released today by the Office of Management and Budget.






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