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Dave Spirk: DoD’s Data Strategy Focuses on Warfighters, Decision-Makers

Dave Spirk

Dave Spirk, chief data officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD’s new Data Strategy focuses on the needs of service personnel and senior leaders involved in decision-making. DoD released in early October 2020 the Data Strategy to help the department transform into a data-centric organization that considers data as a strategic resource. 

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Steve Kunze: CFO Council Eyes 2021 Release of Strategic Plan for Federal Financial Workforce

Steve Kunze

Steve Kunze, deputy chief financial officer at the Department of Commerce (DOC), said the CFO Council expects to unveil early next year a strategic plan for the “workforce of tomorrow." He said the council’s working group has been collaborating with the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program for nearly a year on the strategy.

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CDOs Expect 2021 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan to Include More Data Sharing Opportunities

Federal Data Strategy

The 2021 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan is expected to be released in December 2020 and agency chief data officers intend to see more partnership and data sharing opportunities in the next strategy. Kshemendra Paul said the VA is working with the Department of Defense on a joint analytics and data strategy

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John Sherman: DoD Extends Commercial Virtual Remote Capability to June 2021

John Sherman

John Sherman, principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD has moved to extend to June 2021 the use of the commercial virtual remote environment to support employees who are teleworking. Sherman said that over a million users are adopting the capability to perform calls, teaming and video conferences.

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NGA CTO Mark Munsell to Retire in November

Mark Munsell

Mark Munsell, chief technology officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will retire on Nov. 9 after more than a year in the position and two decades of service in the federal government. Munsell, who started his career at NGA in 1996, assumed the CTO role in February 2019 and led the development of the agency’s first technology strategy.

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Rep. Jim Langevin: Countries Should Quickly Attribute Cyber Incidents

Rep. Jim Langevin

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said the international community should speed up attribution of cyber attacks by other countries to implement cyber norms. He believes that countries should leverage human and signals intelligence and other cyber resources and be more willing to publicly attribute cyber incidents. Langevin wants to focus more on cyber threats facing the country.

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Christopher Krebs: US Cloud Leadership Key to Winning 5G Race

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. has the edge over China in the development of 5G networks due to the country’s existing infrastructure in the cloud. “We really own the cloud space. So we should be able to have that next generation of technology," said Krebs. 

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Ajit Pai on FCC’s Proposed Orbital Debris Rules, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said that FCC is in the process of reviewing comments from federal agencies and stakeholders in the private sector on the proposed orbital debris mitigation rules. Pai discussed FCC’s preparation for the C-band auction in December and explained the commission’s ruling on Ligado Networks’ application.

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Katie Arrington on Pentagon’s New Agreement With CMMC Accreditation Body

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) is close to signing a new agreement with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body responsible for training auditors for the CMMC program.

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Mark Esper, India’s Defense Minister Meet to Discuss Intell Data Sharing Agreement

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, met with Rajnath Singh, India’s defense minister, to discuss the basic exchange and cooperation agreement to facilitate sharing of sensitive satellite intelligence data between the two countries. The agreement would provide India access to aeronautical, topographical and nautical intelligence data

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