SBA’s Maria Roat Officially Named Deputy Federal CIO

Roat will take over the federal government’s No. 2 IT leadership role.

One Year In, Administration Names First Lead Office In New Shared Services Regime

The Homeland Security Department is the first to designate a Quality Service Management Office to lead its shared services marketplace.

White House Instructs Agencies to Begin Process of Returning Some Employees to Their Offices

Operations will remain abnormal for the coming months and will vary widely across the country.

Trump Administration Releases Guidance to Clarify Coronavirus Relief Act’s Contracting Provisions

Agencies can use CARES Act funds to reimburse contractors from March 27 to September 30, 2020.

Critical Update: How CISA Defines ‘Trust’ in the Trusted Internet Connection Policy

Nextgov offers a deep dive into TIC 3 and the purported conflict between CISA’s trust zones and zero-trust security.

White House Releases National Strategy for 5G Security

The strategy focuses on four lines of effort and will guide how the government approaches 5G for the near future.

How the Federal Tech Community Is Coping With COVID-19

“The IT leaders in the federal community, our contractor partners and our vendors are stepping up in incredible ways,” Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said.

Agencies Request Funds for Emergency Boosts to Telework, Overtime and Hiring

The $46 billion White House request would also help bring home feds stationed abroad in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House Asks Agencies to Stop All Travel That Is Not Mission Critical

Work trips to areas with community spread of the virus should only be undertaken if they are critical to protecting life and property, OMB says. 

White House Calls for 'Maximum Telework Flexibilities' for D.C.-Area Employees

It also gives agency heads more discretion to offer paid time off for those who cannot telework.

Agencies Get Guidance on the Ethics and Rigor Required for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

The second of four policy documents related to the Evidence Act focuses on standards and practices for evaluation officers.

Agencies Post Opportunities for Reskilling Academy Grads to Use Their New Cyber Skills

Three agencies posted nine openings on the Open Opportunities site, offering temporary details to feds looking to sharpen newly acquired cybersecurity skills.

GAO: OMB’s Data Center Policy Puts Agencies’ Networks at Risk of Cyberattacks

The administration pushed back hard against the assertion, going so far as to request GAO remove cybersecurity from its latest report.

Real Work on TIC 3 Begins After Draft Guidance Is Finalized, Says Lead Official

Agencies are piloting some potential additional use cases in the background, which the TIC program office plans to start digging into this summer.

OMB to Agencies: Time to Finish IPv6 Transition

Before the end of fiscal 2021, agencies will need to have a plan in place to hit 80% IPv6-only systems by 2025.

TIC 3 Commenters Put Faith in Zero Trust over CISA’s Trust Zones

The draft policy creates a new framework for secure network boundaries at a time when the tech sector is moving away from boundaries altogether.