FCW Insider: December 15, 2021

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

DHS gets nearly 2,000 applications for new cyber cadre

The goal is for DHS to onboard the first 150 feds into the system next year.

JWCC is not a cloud ‘competition’

The Pentagon’s latest multi-cloud effort , the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability program, could change how the department buys enterprise services, according to a top defense IT official.

DHS scales up bug bounty program

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a plan to pay vetted cybersecurity researchers between $500 and $5,000 for identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities within agency systems.

ICYMI: White House elevates CX with executive order

A Biden administration executive order looks to use tech to simplify and reduce friction in citizen interactions with government programs and services.

Quick Hits

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*** The Senate Commerce Committee will vote on the nomination of Alan Davidson, President Biden’s nominee to lead the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Department of Commerce, on Wednesday. The NTIA plays a key role in managing federal civilian agency spectrum and is taking an increasingly high profile on issues of cybersecurity, software supply chain integrity and consumer privacy.

*** The Senior Executives Association is launching a new awards program to recognize members of the Senior Executive Service in the federal government. Nominations for the Senior Executives Association Annual Awards will open in January and look to recognize a single outstanding professional, the “spirit of excellence” in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility as well as a lifetime achievement award.