Policy

Biden Asks OSHA to Consider COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

A national order from OSHA would bring all states under the same rules, since even states with independent agencies must meet or exceed the federal standard.

CIO Briefing

Agencies Name Additional Biden Appointees with Tech Expertise

Federal departments continue to roll out their rosters of officials tapped by the new administration.

CIO Briefing

White House Directs Agencies to Revise Their Pandemic Plans

The “paramount concern is the health and safety of all federal employees, on-site contractors, and individuals interacting with the federal workforce,” OMB said. 

Policy

Biden Orders Agencies to Buy More American-Made Products and Publicly Post Exemptions

The order seeks to close existing loopholes and creates a new oversight regime, including a GSA-hosted website to post waivers publicly.

Cybersecurity

CISA Shares Specs for Threat-Hunting Solution

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is now pushing the Biden administration to require the same thing for companies serving the Defense Department.

IT Modernization

Former Federal CIO on the Tech Challenges the Biden Administration Faces

Vivek Kundra joins the GovExec Daily podcast to discuss the future of public sector cloud computing.

Ideas

The Role AI Plays in Safeguarding Government Data

Government agencies need to pivot to better filter and monitor incoming threats and data with velocity, efficiency and optimization.

CIO Briefing

Biden Aims for Federal Contractors to Pay a $15 Minimum Wage

He directed his administration to work on an executive order within his first 100 days. 

Data

Dashboard Offers Data on Agency Hiring Processes and Lack of Objective Assessments

Federal hiring managers are asking applicants whether they’re qualified for open positions but aren’t getting hard data to back that up.

CIO Briefing

How NARA’s Preserving More Than 20 Terabytes of Trump Social Media Data

Those are among 500 terabytes of records from the former president that the agency’s curating.

Ideas

How to Stay Safe with a Fast-Spreading New Coronavirus Variant on the Loose

There is still a lot that scientists and doctors don’t know about the coronavirus and its mutations, but there are some clear strategies people can use to protect themselves.

CIO Briefing

Biden Appoints Acting Chairs at FCC, FTC

The appointments position the regulatory agencies to take a more aggressive stance against the tech industry.

Ideas

How to Modernize Mission-Critical IT Systems Without Disruption

Technology never stands still, so building new solutions based on requirements drafted in the past will always result in out of data solutions.

CIO Briefing

Lawmakers Propose 3.2% Raise for Feds in 2022

Democrats in both chambers of Congress have reintroduced legislation to boost basic pay by 2.2% across the board next year, along with an average 1% increase in locality pay.

Emerging Tech

New Session Sparks New Priorities for Senate AI Caucus

After steering several AI policies in 2020, the nascent group is embarking on a new agenda.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s Cybersecurity Certification Requirements to Appear in DHS Contracts

Official says a selection of the first contractors to be audited will be vetted by members of the new administration.

CIO Briefing

Biden’s Wave of COVID-19 Executive Orders Relies On Data To Implement

While technology is not the main focus of the pandemic response plan, collecting and disseminating more data is a recurring theme.