Tag Archives: covid-19

SAIC Publishes Report on COVID-19 Effect on Work Operations; Mark Forman Quoted

Mark Forman

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has published an independent survey, conducted by Market Connections, of C-level federal government executives. The survey gauged their opinions of how COVID-19 has shifted the workforce. “The pandemic introduced unprecedented challenges for federal agencies, especially those in agencies charged with public health and economic security,” said Mark Forman, vice president, digital government strategy, SAIC. 

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Pegasystems to Support StepChange Financial Services; Kieran Tarrant Quoted

Pegasystems

Pegasystems has partnered with StepChange Debt Charity to provide an online product that will enable citizens in debt to apply for financial relief from the organization. "We've worked with StepChange for some time now and anticipated that their services would be vitally important in the wake of the financial crisis that was sure to follow the pandemic," said Kieran Tarrant, VP, UK & Ireland, Pegasystems. 

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FedRAMP’s Ashley Mahan on Increase in Cloud Services Reuse

Ashley Mahan

Ashley Mahan, director of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), said that FedRAMP saw a 50 percent rise in government agencies reusing certified cloud services in fiscal year 2020 as those organizations continue to work to meet the telework requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SBA Inspector General Issues FY 2021 Management Challenges Report

SBA

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) office of inspector general has issued a report on eight performance and management challenges facing SBA in fiscal year 2021. “Managing COVID 19 stimulus is the greatest overall challenge facing SBA currently. This crucial new challenge is exacerbated by persisting management and performance challenges best described as systemic,” the report states.

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Commerce Dept Unveils Funding Opportunity for Entrepreneurship Support Programs

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has introduced a $25 million grant competition that seeks to help entrepreneurs mitigate economic, health and safety risks brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The department said Wednesday that it will award grants to entrepreneurship support programs that will assist various regions and communities in the U.S.

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Westat Develops Interactive Skills Map to Analyze Adult Proficiency Levels; Tom Krenzke Quoted

Tom Krenzke

Westat has recently developed the interactive U.S. PIAAC Skills Map to enable researchers to analyze state- and county-level estimates of adult literacy and numeracy proficiency. The company has created the Skills Map for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to provide researchers with data to better inform policymakers who plan and allocate resources and target educational interventions for specified populations. 

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Aaron Weis: US Navy Transitioning to Zero Trust

Aaron Weis

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning to a zero trust framework to better protect and defend its networks from cyber threats. He said the service will need time to reorganize its networks as it adopts the zero trust model and that “defense in depth” model. 

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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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Stuart McGuigan: State Dept Expedites App Delivery in Support of Teleworkers

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer of the State Department, said the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the department to accelerate the deployment of collaboration and productivity tools to remote employees in order for them to perform critical work. “The ability to dynamically form a team, share information, share analytics, make a decision, and then execute is something we want to continue,” he said.

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Deloitte, NASCIO Publish 2020 Cybersecurity Study; Meredith Ward, Srini Subramanian Quoted

Srini Subramanian

Deloitte and The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have published a 2020 Cybersecurity Study, "States at Risk: The Cybersecurity Imperative in Uncertain Times," Deloitte reported on Wednesday. The study has been created through responses from 51 U.S. state and territory enterprise-level chief information security officers (CISOs). 

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