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Gov’t Employees Consider Workforce Training, Development Critical to Federal IT Modernization

A recent study has revealed that, on average, roughly half of federal government employees consider workforce training and development to be the most critical element in achieving information technology modernization at their respective agencies. The study was conducted by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council in partnership with news organization MeriTalk.

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Federal CIO Says Agencies Doing Well in Seven Cybersecurity Performance Indicators

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent has said that federal agencies are performing well on seven cybersecurity key performance indicators outlined under the President’s Management Agenda, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Kent, however, did not specify in which cybersecurity KPIs agencies were showing improvement. The PMA lists 10 indicators grouped under three categories.

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Suzette Kent: Emergency Alert System Test Seeks to Demonstrate Gov’t Digital Transformation

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent has said the initial test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System seeks to reflect the role of mobile platforms in advancing the federal government’s digital transformation efforts, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. “That in itself is a testament to how digital and mobile is a connectivity point between citizens and government,” Kent said of the first official test.

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La’Naia Jones: Intelligence Community Aims to Advance AI With New Strategy for IT Enterprise Program

La’Naia Jones, deputy chief information officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has said the intelligence community has implemented a new strategy for the second iteration of the IC Information Technology Enterprise program to facilitate use of artificial intelligence, reduce duplication and adjust to agency requirements, MeriTalk reported Tuesday.

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USCYBERCOM Chief Says Innovation Key to Staying Ahead in Cyberspace ‘Great Powers Competition’

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, has said the U.S. is currently in competition with adversarial nation states carrying out "strategic campaigns" in cyberspace, including the theft of intellectual property and personal information as well as attempted electoral disruption.

A 2017 and 2018 Wash100 awardee, Nakasone commented, “Advantage goes to the side that innovates fastest,” adding that, to remain at the forefront of technological advances, USCYBERCOM must continuously collaborate with its partners, MeriTalk reported Friday. Nakasone spoke at the recent Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

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