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Nazak Nikakhtar Steps Down From Role as Acting Undersecretary of Industry, Security

Nazak Nikakhtar, acting undersecretary of industry and security, has announced she is stepping down from her role, Reuters reported Friday. The executive will return to her other position as assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis, a role through which she supports policy activities on trade and national security.

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CISA’s Bob Kolasky: New Acquisition Council Launches Efforts to Help Agencies Address Supply Chain Security Risks

 

Bob Kolasky, an official at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the newly created Federal Acquisition Security Council has initiated its efforts to help agencies manage security risks to the supply chain, FCW reported Monday. FASC "is going to serve as the governance structure to elevate the security within federal acquisition processes,” Kolasky, head of CISA’s National Risk Management Center, said at an FCW briefing held July 16.

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Trump Issues Executive Order on Citizenship Data Collection

President Trump issued an executive order directing agencies to provide “the maximum assistance permissible” to the Commerce Department to ensure the accuracy of citizenship records relevant to the 2020 decennial census on Thursday. The directive comes after the Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York that the decision to include a citizenship status element in the 2020 decennial census was “substantively invalid”.

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NIST Seeks Feedback on Draft Plan to Drive AI Dev’t

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for public input on a draft plan to promote government and industry engagement in artificial intelligence initiatives for economic and national security applications. 

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Report: Commerce Dept Bans US Tech Exports to Chinese Supercomputer Developers

The Department of Commerce has restricted four China-based commercial entities and one institute from buying high-performance computing parts from the U.S. just over a month after President Trump issued an executive order banning Chinese telecommunications equipment over national security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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Commerce Dept Seeking Public Comments on Draft Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

The Department of Commerce is set to publish in the Federal Register a request for public comments on the draft action plan for the Federal Data Strategy on Tuesday. The department said in the notice that the strategy seeks to help agencies leverage mission-support, statistical and program data as a strategic asset to promote transparency, facilitate oversight, build up the economy and increase the effectiveness of the federal government.

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OMB Issues Updated Identity, Credential & Access Management Policy

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum updating the identity, credential and access management policy for federal agencies. Agencies should transition their ICAM strategies and platforms from the levels of assurance model towards a new framework “informed by risk management perspectives, the federal resource accessed and outcomes aligned to agency missions,” according to the memo issued Tuesday by Russell Vought, acting OMB director. 

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