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CISA, EAC Launch Election Risk Profile Tool; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Election Assistance Commission (US EAC) have unveiled a new tool designed to help local and state election officials assess and mitigate election security risks. The Election Risk Profile Tool can help federal agencies and election officials manage cybersecurity threats to the election infrastructure subsector

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Catherine Marsh: IARPA Leverages Cloud to Back Telework Environment

Catherine Marsh

Catherine Marsh, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), said IARPA’s cloud infrastructure enabled the agency to support employees who have transitioned to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic. “One of the major accomplishments at IARPA has really been our seamless transition to a remote working environment in the cloud,” Marsh said.

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Pentagon Works on Guidance for AI Ethical Principles Implementation; Jane Pinelis Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) plans to come up in the next six months a document that will serve as a guide for the implementation of five ethical principles in the use of AI, FedScoop reported Friday. A small team within JAIC is now working on pilot programs focused on ethics training.

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GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Seeks Input on Section 876 Authority Implementation

GSA

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is requesting feedback to inform how it will implement an authority in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that will evaluate price only at the task order level to improve competition. Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the implementation of Section 876 are due Sept. 19.

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OMB Opens Interim IT Supply Chain Risk Evaluation Rule for Public Comments

OMB

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published in the Federal Register Tuesday an interim final rule outlining how the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC) will assess risk information and recommend the issuance of exclusion or removal orders for information technology products that pose supply chain security risks.

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Chad Sbragia: China Projected to Double Nuclear Warhead Stockpile Over Next 10 Years

Chad Sbragia

Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for China, said the nation plans to develop its own “nuclear triad” and is expected to increase its number of nuclear warheads twofold over the next decade. Sbragia added the East Asian country aims to transform its army into a “world-class military” by 2050. 

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Emily Murphy: ASTRO Contract Vehicle to Use Section 876 Authority

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the ASTRO master contract for unmanned, manned and robotic systems will be the first contract vehicle to use a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will require price as an evaluation criterion only at the task order level.

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New IRS Office Starts With IT Pilot Projects to Simplify Business Processes; Mitchell Winans Quoted

IRS

The Internal Revenue Service’s newly established enterprise digitalization and case management office is designing information technology pilot projects to improve taxpayers’ experiences by going paperless and streamlining business processes.

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OMB Releases Interim Rule to Address IT Supply Chain Security Risks

OMB

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued an interim final rule detailing how the Federal Acquisition Security Council will evaluate threat information and recommend issuance of orders to remove or exclude certain products from future procurements or information systems as part of efforts to protect the information and communications technology and services supply chain.

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