Jerry Petersen

DOE CIO Seeks to Approach IT Programs Using Business Case Analyses

Max Everett, chief information officer of the Energy Department, has said that preparing a business case for a Technology Modernization Fund proposal has changed the way his agency approaches information technology programs. The DOE in June received $15M in funding from the TMF Board for an email cloud migration project. Part of the requirements of the project proposal was a business case analysis, MeriTalk reported Monday.

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ODNI, FBI, DHS and DOJ Express Concern Over Threats to US Elections

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently issued a joint statement expressing concern over the threat posed by foreign actors attempting to influence U.S. elections. The four intelligence community members specifically identified China, Iran and Russia as being involved in campaigns that seek to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

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IDC Report Describes HHS Implementation of Blockchain in Acquisition Record-Keeping

IDC recently released a study that describes the implementation of blockchain technology in the government. The study, in particular, highlights the use of a distributed ledger for the Department of Health and Human Service's acquisition record-keeping program, Nextgov reported Friday.

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Army Official: JEDI Does Not Preclude Other Cloud Initiatives

Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Army, has said that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract does not preclude the implementation of other pilot cloud projects within the Defense Department. Yee made the remarks during a recent AFCEA luncheon, where Edward Siomacco, a deputy director at the Army’s G-4 headquarters, described a six-month trial commercial cloud effort being carried out by the Army Business Council, FCW reported Thursday.

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CBO Report: Navy Shipbuilding Plan to Cost Roughly $30B Annually for 30 Years

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the U.S. Navy's 2019 shipbuilding proposal would, on average, cost $28.9B in 2018 dollars per year throughout the plan’s three-decade duration. The Navy’s battle force build-up plan involves the construction of 301 combat and support vessels from fiscal year 2019 to 2048, and would cost $801B in 2018 dollars in total.

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OMB Official Endorses Strategy to Promote Adoption of Evidence-Based Policymaking

An official at the Office of Management and Budget recently underscored the importance of equipping federal agencies with the ability to collect and leverage data when making decisions and formulating policy, FCW reported Thursday. Speaking at a recent Urban Institute event, Diana Epstein, head of the Evidence Team at the OMB, endorsed the use of learning agendas to promote the adoption of evidence-based policymaking, a strategy that several agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Small Business Administration, are already implementing.

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NASIC Expert Sees Possible Threat From Chinese Lunar Relay Satellite

Jeff Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Space and Missile Analysis Group, has said that China's placing the Queqiao relay satellite on the far side of the moon may give the country the ability to send attack spacecraft around the moon to outflank U.S. space assets in Earth orbit, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The China National Space Administration launched the Queqiao satellite in preparation for the Chang'e 4 rover mission, which is set to land on the side of the moon facing away from the Earth.

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NASIC Expert Recommends Shift of Focus Towards Adversarial On Orbit Surveillance Systems

Jeffrey Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Space and Missile Analysis Group, has said that officials need to pay more attention to the space-based surveillance assets of adversarial nations. Gossel proposed that the U.S. learn all it can about these information-gathering satellites and sensors to develop strategies that would render them ineffective, Space News reported Wednesday.

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GSA Seeks to Adopt Automation for Operational Efficiency, Savings

The General Services Administration plans to implement robotic process automation at the agency to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, FedScoop reported Tuesday. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a 2018 Wash 100 awardee, described the initiative during the 2018 Imagine Nation ELC conference, noting that the adoption of RPA is meant to supplement the agency's data-driven efficiency efforts that resulted in $900M worth of savings in fiscal year 2017.

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DHS Reports Increasing Agency Compliance With Email Security Directive

Thomas McDermott, the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy, recently said that more and more federal agencies are complying with the requirements of Binding Operational Directive 18-01, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The DHS issued BOD 18-01 on Oct. 16, 2017, requiring government agencies to implement a variety of cybersecurity policies including Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, an email security protocol.

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