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Draft bill increases cyber incident reporting requirements for federal agencies

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has a draft bill to overhaul the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which defines cybersecurity requirements for civilian agencies. The committee voted unanimously to advance the bill to the full Senate. Richard Spires, former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, now principal at […]


Walter Reed Army Institute of Research works to develop universal coronavirus vaccine

Research on the Covid-19 virus is just one piece of the work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The team there is working with the rest of the federal government and other partners to create new vaccines for emerging viruses. Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at WRAIR, […]


Former department CIO recommends agencies use purpose-built solutions for vaccination status tracking

Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have about a week to get vaccinated before disciplinary actions begin. The VA issued its own vaccine mandate months in advance of the federal requirement. The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated is fast approaching. Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer of the […]


Follow the data and tie funding to outcomes, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan advises policymakers

The Urban Institute projects a record drop in poverty levels by the end of this calendar year. Modernizing how the government manages and uses data can inform better policy making and improve the lives of Americans. Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced […]


Hypersonic weapons development critical regardless of Russian or Chinese investment, says former defense official

Hypersonic weapons can travel at a speed of at least five times the speed of sound, around 3,800 miles per hour. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says he is not satisfied with the pace of development for those hypersonic missiles and says there is some progress on technology, but he wants it to be even […]


Artificial intelligence can both perpetuate and mitigate bias, says tech equity officer

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created guidance to identify and manage bias in artificial intelligence. The National Fair Housing Alliance wants to make sure communities of color and other underserved communities get fair access to mortgages and other services. Michael Akinwumi, chief tech equity officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance, […]


Identifying assets is first step in implementing zero-trust mandate, former federal chief information officer says

A new zero-trust mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to boost security protections for critical government assets, but there are issues with implementing zero trust. Mark Forman, executive VP of Dynamic Integrated Services and former federal chief information officer, said it is very important for agencies to first identify the assets […]

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