IT Modernization

DHS Office that Tracks Weapons of Mass Destruction Seeks Multilayer Cloud Environment

The relatively new Homeland Security office is looking for “a full range” of cloud architecture and engineering services.

IT Modernization

Federal Contract Award Data from FPDS Will Be on SAM Before Spring

With the FedBizOpps transition done, the Federal Procurement Data System reporting tool—one of the main functions of the website—will be the next to migrate to GSA’s central contracting site.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Map Correlation Between Maternal Mortality and the Digital Divide

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would add a maternal mortality overlay to connectivity maps produced by the FCC.

Cybersecurity

Security Clearance Backlog Hits Long-Awaited ‘Steady State’

The backlog of background investigations has leveled off at a sustainable 200,000, according to lawmakers.

IT Modernization

GSA Publishes Web Standards for Year-Old Digital Services Law

The website design standards pull together existing guidance for complying with the 21st Century IDEA Act, which requires all digital services to have a base level of quality and accessibility.

Emerging Tech

Air Force’s ‘Base of the Future’ Ideas Will Be Tested on Tyndall Rebuild

The service’s private sector outreach program, AFWERX, will host a series of workshops in 2020 to hear innovative ideas.

Data

Do Roundabouts Make Drivers Better or Worse? Transportation Wants to See the Data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants help sorting data on how drivers behave in certain traffic patterns.

Emerging Tech

CBP Expands Facial Recognition for Global Entry Travelers

The technology is already being used at 15 airports—including three abroad—to speed pre-approved travelers through the customs process.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Working on Legislation to ‘Pause’ Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Details on the bill remain scarce, though lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday expressed interest in halting the use of facial recognition until the tech can be brought under control.

Emerging Tech

Justice Department Needs Counter-Biometric Experts

The U.S. Marshals Service wants to learn more about the market for counter-biometric expertise, including evading the tech and preventing criminals from doing the same.

Data

FAA Isn’t Using the Troves of Data It’s Collecting on Drone Integration

The Federal Aviation Administration has years of data on operating drones that it could share with stakeholders, auditors said.

CIO Briefing

White House Plans to Tap SBA Official as Next Deputy Federal CIO

Maria Roat will join the Office of Management and Budget, according to multiple sources.

Cybersecurity

OPM CISO Seeking a Small Business to Help Monitor Agency Cybersecurity

The winning vendor will help the government’s HR department track incidents across 1,000 servers and more than 10,000 devices.  

IT Modernization

Defense Officials Tout Smoother Electronic Health Records Rollout

The second deployment of MHS Genesis went “much, much smoother” than the first, as officials take lessons from both rollouts to 25 more bases this summer.

CIO Briefing

GSA Is About to Make Changes to the MAS Consolidation Solicitation

The government’s acquisition shop released proposed changes that reflect new administration priorities and adjust for expiring clauses and programs.

Data

FDA’s Data Strategy Modernization Starts With Public Outreach

The agency is overhauling the way it thinks about data and wants to start with feedback from employees and outside experts.

Emerging Tech

Space Force Sets First Pitch Day Using Alternative Acquisition Authority

The military’s newest branch wants to hear about innovative solutions to tough problems in installation support and space operations.

Emerging Tech

Proposed FAA Rule Would Kickstart New Economy For IDing Drones

The new remote ID rule would require all unmanned aircraft systems to have a unique identifier that can be tracked by the FAA, law enforcement and the general public.

Policy

OMB Finishes Major Tech Policy Overhauls in 2019

The Office of Management and Budget reworked several policies—some of which hadn’t been updated in a decade.