FCW Insider: April 7, 2021

The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors.

Biden taps 18F veteran Robin Carnahan to lead GSA

Robin Carnahan, formerly Missouri's secretary of state and the lead of state and local government practice at 18F, is the Biden administration's pick to lead the General Services Administration.

Senators seek details on Einstein's performance and limitations

Ahead of its scheduled reauthorization next year, two senators are seeking detailed information about Einstein, a government cybersecurity program that has come into the spotlight in the wake of the breach involving SolarWinds.

Connolly, Hice urge White House to fill MSPB slots

Appeals have been stalled at the Merit Systems Protection Board for more than four years, and leaders on the Government Operations subcommittee in the House want the White House to get moving on board nominations.

CMMC announces new advisory council to collect industry feedback

The new organization will eventually produce regular public reports and address common industry concerns like the cost of implementation.

Quick Hits

*** Lynne Patton, a former Trump administration political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was hit with a $1,000 fine and a four-year ban on federal service as the outcome of a settlement agreement over Hatch Act violations with the Office of Special Counsel. Patton used videos made of residents at a New York City Housing Authority in support of Trump's 2020 candidacy at the Republican National Convention.

*** The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will resume the practice of holding open worldwide threat hearings featuring the testimony of the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and other intelligence community agencies. The next such hearing is scheduled for April 14.

*** The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded five companies positions on a 10-year, $2 billion contract for broad software development and systems integration services. Read more on this story in Washington Technology.