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House CAO Philip Kiko on IT Modernization, Customer-Focused Strategic Plan

The office of the chief administrative officer in the House has launched a customer-centered strategic plan and started a cloud migration initiative as part of its information technology modernization effort, Federal News Network reported Thursday. CAO Philip Kiko said his office identified gaps in professional development upon the launch of the strategic plan and then introduced the Congressional Staff Academy, which now provide personnel courses on committee clerk procedures and appropriations law, among others.

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Defense Innovation Board Issues White Paper on Zero Trust Architecture

The Defense Innovation Board approved at its quarterly meeting in Silicon Valley a white paper calling for the Pentagon to implement zero trust architecture to counter cybersecurity threats, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. The document titled “The Road to Zero Trust (Security)” notes that ZTA can help the Department of Defense track and block threat actors and manage rules of access for devices and users across the department to facilitate secure data sharing.

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NIST Releases Reference Document for Federal Community Clouds

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a document detailing the need for transparent monitoring procedures and methods of distribution for federal community clouds to improve the efficiency of, and make cloud processes and transactions easier for, the members of these cloud environments.

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Microsoft Expanding its Strategic Partnership with ServiceNow; Satya Nadella Quoted

Microsoft Corp. and ServiceNow announced on Tuesday that its strategic partnership with ServiceNow is expanding to enhance the integration and optimization of the companies’ products, platform and cloud capabilities. The partnership will enable enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation and drive new levels of insight and innovation.

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DoD Eyes JEDI Cloud Contract Award in August Amid Bidding Process Concerns

The Department of Defense plans to award the potential $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement contract, which faces a court challenge and is under scrutiny by lawmakers over the bidding process, by the end of August, The Wall Street Journal reported SundayMicrosoft and Amazon Web Services are the final two contenders for the JEDI contract, which has drawn complaints from IBM and Oracle.

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Agencies Advance Trusted Internet Connections Pilots

Several agencies have begun conducting pilots of the updated Trusted Internet Connections policy even if the policy is not yet finalized, FedScoop reported Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget released the draft TIC 3.0 policy in December, which intends to build network security across the government and eliminate barriers to the adoption of cloud and other tech platforms.

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OMB Issues Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget released the final Cloud Smart strategy on Monday to help federal agencies accelerate the adoption of cloud platforms. The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy retains the proposed programs and measures stated in the draft strategy issued in September and calls for agencies to rationalize their application portfolios to facilitate cloud adoption.

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Feds Say ‘Small Wins’ in the Cloud Could Boost Adoption

Federal information technology officials said that agencies should promote small progress in their cloud initiatives to encourage larger adoption of the technology, Nextgov reported Thursday.  During the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Washington, panelists highlighted that confidence and trust would play a significant role in how agency leaders utilize the cloud. 

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