FCW Insider: July 3

Top stories, quick hits and other updates from FCW's reporters and editors.

*** Editor's note: FCW Insider will not publish July 4 and July 5. The next edition will publish Monday July 8.

The e-commerce effort dubbed "Amazon for government" is getting closer to becoming reality with a draft solicitation released by the General Services Administration. Adam Mazmanian reports.

President Trump just signed a new law to implement technology and cybersecurity reforms at the IRS while also restoring hiring authorities that officials say are key to attracting qualified IT talent. Derek B. Johnson has the story.

In his latest blog post, Steve Kelman digs into Kessel Run, the surprisingly robust internal software development operation at the U.S. Air Force.

Quick Hits

*** The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's cyber incident information groups have a new face online. The agency said on June 25, it combined its us-cert.gov and ics-cert.gov sites into a single, unified website. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT) provide alerts on cybersecurity vulnerabilities to the public and industry, while the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) CERT site provided cyber incident information on vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure providers. According to CISA, the newly-integrated site combined site, provides easier navigation for both online and mobile users.

*** Richard Haley II was named executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Information and Technology Branch. Haley most recently served as the assistant director of the Finance and Facilities Division. In his new job, Haley will be in charge of three divisions that meet and support the FBI's IT needs. All together, the FBI said about 1,800 federal employees and contractors work in the branch, providing support and services to the FBI around the world.

*** House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) launched the tenth annual Online All-Star Competition, a three-week contest in which Democratic lawmakers vie to see how can add the most new followers on social media and promote the greatest engagement.