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Avril Haines Named White House Deputy Nat’l Security Adviser

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CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines will succeed Antony Blinken as deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama after Blinken’s Senate confirmation as deputy secretary of state, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Jonathan Allen reports that Haines has previously advised the president as deputy counsel for national security at the Office of the White House Counsel before she …

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House VA, Small Biz Committee Chairs Ask OFPP to Issue Reverse Auction Guidelines

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The chairmen of the House Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees are calling on the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to issue guidance on the use of reverse auctions, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes that Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) have asked OFPP Administrator Anne Rung to open a Federal …

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Robert Work, Philip Dunne Eye US-UK Defense Tech Collaboration

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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Philip Dunne, British minister for defense equipment, support and technology, met Tuesday at the Pentagon to discuss the countries’ defense programs, DoD News reported Thursday. DoD News reports U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a spokesperson for the defense secretary, said Work and …

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DTSA’s Beth McCormick: Defense Department Urges Asian Allies to Protect US Tech Intellectual Property

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Beth McCormick, Defense Technology Security Administration director, said the United States counts on its Asian allies to protect the intellectual property of U.S. technology they acquire, FCW reported Wednesday. Sean Lyngaas writes McCormick told audiences at the Hudson Institute that DoD has been working in the last few months to bolster the government’s …

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David Bennett: DISA Adopts Cyber Network Risk Scoring Method

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The Defense Information Systems Agency has implemented a continuous monitoring risk scoring system that will work to measure the cybersecurity risk of the agency’s computer networks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes David Bennett, chief information officer at DISA, said the tool is designed to analyze network security …

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DoD Issues New Commercial Cloud Services Acquisition Rules; Mark Testoni on Policy’s Control Effects

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The U.S. Defense Department has amended a policy for the agency’s civilian and military organizations that want to procure cloud services from industry, FedTech magazine reported Wednesday. An internal memo obtained by FedTech says the agency will now allow its components to purchase directly from cloud service providers instead of buying …

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Matt Goodrich: New FedRAMP Road Map Includes ATO Reuse Framework

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program office has released a two-year road map to outline plans to focus on awareness, intended efficiencies and adaptability of cloud computing, Federal Times reported Wednesday. Aaron Boyd writes that the FedRAMP Forward document highlighted the program office’s efforts to streamline the authorization process through a “do once, …

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