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Gary Washington: USDA to Implement Modern Platforms in Next 12 Months Under CoE Program

Gary Washington, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, told Federal News Network in an interview posted Monday that USDA will begin implementing new technology platforms in the next 12 to 18 months as part of the Centers of Excellence program. Washington said USDA has already closed 21 of the 39 data centers slated for shutdown and will continue to introduce changes to Farmers.gov to improve the customer experience.

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USDA Extends Deadline of Proposals for New ERS, NIFA Headquarters; Sonny Perdue Quoted

The Department of Agriculture has provided a 30-day extension for organizations interested in housing the Economic Research Services and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will both be relocated in late 2019.

Stakeholders such as universities and local governments asked USDA to extend the deadline to further prepare and submit proposals, the department said Friday.

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NIST’s Ron Ross: Cyber Adversaries Thrive in Complexity

Ron Ross, a senior computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has said federal agencies should address complexity with their technology platforms as they counter cybersecurity threats, MeriTalk reported Thursday. “The adversary works in the world of the stack, and that complexity is where they thrive,” he said …

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Nonprofit Group POGO Recommends Updates to Online Federal Spending Database

The Project on Government Oversight has called on the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to update the functionality of a web-based resource for federal spending information. Both agencies should work to address data search filter, presentation and reporting concerns related to USAspending.gov, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization said in a …

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Erica Navarro Named USDA Budget, Program Analysis Director

Erica Navarro, who is presently serving as budget service director and deputy assistant secretary for management and planning at the Education Department, has been selected to become the next director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis at the Agriculture Department. Navarro, who holds a master of business administration …

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