Biden’s Latest Tech Appointments

President Biden tapped former IARPA Director Jason Matheny for roles on the National Security Council and White House OSTP.

Biden Names Federal CIO to Lead Governmentwide Modernization Efforts

A familiar face from the U.S. Digital Service and Office of Personnel Management will serve as the next federal chief information officer.

OMB Nominee to Prioritize Efficient, Tech-Savvy Government

Neera Tanden cited cybersecurity as one of her top priorities and pushed for Congress to add to the Technology Modernization Fund.  

White House Memo Creates Chief Science Officers at Federal Agencies

The presidential memo on scientific integrity calls for new officials and an update to policies established over the last two administrations. 

Biden’s Federal Chief Information Security Officer Brings Public and Private-Sector Experience

Chris DeRusha’s resume includes cybersecurity adviser roles at the White House, DHS and Ford Motor Company.

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. 

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.

Trump Admin Names Fourth and Final Shared Services Lead

The Office of Management and Budget designated the Quality Service Management Office lead for grants administration.

6 Lessons From 2020 Federal Leaders Should Apply in the Months to Come

As the embers of the dumpster fire that was 2020 burn away, important lessons provide light for the way forward in 2021.

The Tech Policies the Trump Administration Leaves Behind

Nextgov looks back at the Trump administration's major IT policy moves that will have lasting effects on federal technology for the foreseeable future.

Agency Cybersecurity Waivers Would Face New Time Limits, Oversight Under New Bill

The proposal would require approval from the Office of Management and Budget for skipping encryption and multifactor authentication.

OMB Confirms Appointment of Controversial New Federal CISO

Camilo Sandoval, a former acting CIO for the Veterans Affairs Department, was the director of the Trump campaign’s data operations in 2016.

Administration Adds 16 Months to Transition from DUNS to Unique ID

The General Services Administration will extend Dun & Bradstreet’s services while agencies get more time to patch and test systems. 

OMB Official Says Evidence Act Implementation Guidance May Come in Early 2021

Two Office of Management and Budget officials discussed the guidance at the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

OMB Behind Schedule on Open Data Initiatives, GAO Says

The Office of Management and Budget missed the deadline for issuing governmentwide guidance for complying with the OPEN Government Data Act and is behind on reporting on agencies’ progress.