The government’s Federal Data Strategy team extended some of the target dates for its 2020 action plan, and is making sure that COVID-19 response data is of the highest priority in the Federal Data Strategy’s call for agencies to prioritize data assets and projects. […]

Government Telework

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, just 40 percent of Federal and only 4 percent of State and Local government employees were authorized to telework. But since then, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is mandating that Federal agencies maximize telework across the nation, and many SLGs are doing the same. Embracing telework – and doing it right – is a government-wide priority. 






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As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to change daily life, both the public and private sectors have stepped up with tech innovations to ease the transition and save lives. The speed of these innovations, however, seemingly outpace our ability to keep up with what new tech is available.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate released a predictive modeling tool to estimate the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 – which causes COVID-19 – under a range of temperatures and humidity levels.






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Often taken for granted in the eight weeks since the coronavirus pandemic struck is one simple but vital truth: the linchpin holding together the Federal government’s ability to provide crucial services is the technology that ties the enterprise together. Federal IT has literally brought us together – as a government, and as a nation. As government IT operations achieve steady-state and look to the next chapter of digital modernization, MeriTalk is chronicling the untold stories – and lessons – of that effort. Today we check in with the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) operation.






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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued guidance on coronavirus-related disinformation in a new advisory to the private sector. The CISA Insight, “COVID-19 Disinformation Activity,” provides guidance on how to “deter false information and conspiracy theories related to COVID-19.” It will help users to fact-check information, minimize risk of […] […]

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U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Michael Kratsios announced on April 29 that Intel, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Idaho National Lab, and Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center are joining the White House’s recently launched COVID-19 HPC Consortium.






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Several members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are criticizing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for its lack of Senate briefings on the Federal workforce during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.






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NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are partnering to host a virtual hackathon to develop COVID-19 solutions at the end of the month.






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The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are continuing to work very closely together on bringing medical supplies to veterans and their doctors amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.






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Census 2020

Now that most of us have entered our fifth, sixth, or possibly even seventh week of teleworking and social distancing, our “new normal” is finally starting to feel mundane. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been urged to keep with a routine: wake up, exercise, take a shower, make a healthy breakfast – day after day, in an attempt to keep life moving forward and as normal as possible. However, one aspect of our daily routine seems to have been overlooked – our commute.






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The spread of COVID-19 has drastically changed how government IT thinks of resiliency. Resiliency and continuity of operations planning were reserved for potential disaster scenarios – how agencies might respond should an attack or system shutdown occur, and how to recover.






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