FCW Insider: October 28, 2021

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

IC leaders drill in on diversity issues at House hearing

Although there have been some gains in the representation of women and minorities in the IC workforce overall, the highest ranks are less diverse.

Blinken announces new cyber bureau at State

The secretary of State named cybersecurity and emerging tech as critical areas for capacity building at State, alongside climate, global health and multilateral technology.

DOD looks to civilian workforce to close technology gaps

The Defense Department has been increasingly looking to recruit civilians to fill its tech talent needs, but some lawmakers are concerned that the mission of uniformed troops could suffer.

Lawmakers examine TSA's growing role in cyber

Lawmakers on the Homeland Security Committee convened cybersecurity experts and key stakeholders from the transportation industry to discuss new rules in the works for the transportation sector.

Quick Hits

*** General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic told investors the company’s IT hardware business continues to feel the semiconductor supply chain pinch that she referenced as a headwind back in the summer. Washington Technology has more on this story.

*** A foundation in open data laid the groundwork for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's artificial intelligence efforts, according to an agency tech official. GCN has the story of USPTO's data journey.