Cybersecurity

Congress takes up software supply chain security

The FITARA scorecard could become a vehicle for measuring agency progress against the administration's software security goals.

Cybersecurity

Okta breach includes theft of data on nearly all help desk users, including some feds

The company revised its earlier reporting on the scope of the breach, but said that data on users of high-impact federal and DOD systems was not compromised.

Cybersecurity

HHS seeks zero trust support

The highly federated agency is looking for contactor assistance to hit enterprisewide security goals.

People

Meet the 2023 Rising Stars

This year's class of Rising Stars has been selected both for their accomplishments over the past year and for their leadership potential.

Acquisition

Civilian IT budgets to dive in 2024, PSC forecasts

Expect a return to pre-pandemic IT spending levels in the coming years, the trade group warned.

Digital Government

White House spectrum strategy leans into sharing, tech standards

The Biden administration is targeting 2,786 MHz of spectrum to study for possible sharing or reallocation to commercial users.

Digital Government

House GOP pulls funding bill covering IRS, GSA, OMB and more

The leadership team around new House Speaker Mike Johnson removed the bill — which would have defunded GSA’s digital services team, 18F — from floor consideration because of an intra-party policy dispute.

Acquisition

Biden wants better deals from contractors

A new administration push is underway to leverage procurement data and purchasing power to generate savings.

People

Cyber Director nominee talks AI, collaboration at confirmation hearing

Harry Coker, the Biden Administration's choice to lead the Office of the National Cyber Director, said he'll draw on his experience as a program manager to make sure agencies hit their milestones on implementing the government's cyber strategy.

Artificial Intelligence

Biden signs AI order but stresses need for legislation

The long-anticipated executive order on artificial intelligence is broad, detailed and expansive, but the White House wants Congress to do more.

Acquisition

White House looks to scale FedRAMP with automation

The cloud security program is being restructured to respond to the proliferation of cloud offerings.

Cybersecurity

DISA looks to the open market for secure web browsing contract

A contracting notice indicates that the Defense Department is looking to compete the service that protects its systems from web-based attacks.

Digital Government

Supreme Court lifts restrictions on federal agency contacts with social media firms

The ruling frees up federal agencies to contact social network platform owners about content moderation issues and other matters, pending the resolution of a court case.

Acquisition

UK regulator targets competition in cloud industry

In a case with echoes for the U.S. market, Great Britain's competition regulator is investigating cloud vendor lock-in.

Digital Government

Bipartisan Senate bill tasks agencies with prioritizing CX

The pending legislation looks to reduce burdens on users interacting with government while scouting opportunities for cross-agency collaboration.

People

Rising Stars nominations extended to October 28

Nominations for the 2023 Rising Stars program are being extended. Please help us spotlight innovators across federal, state and local and governments, as well as up-and-coming talent at contracting firms.

Policy

House passes last-minute CR, potentially averting a government shutdown

After days of brinkmanship, House Republicans passed a 45-day continuing resolution to keep the government open past Monday.

Policy

Ahead of shutdown, House and Senate Dems propose back pay for furloughed contractors

A similar effort to legislate back pay for contractors failed during the 2018-2019 shutdown.