Tag Archives: Office of Management and Budget

OMB Issues Endpoint Detection and Response Implementation Guidance to Federal Agencies

Endpoint Detection

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memorandum to guide agencies how to advance the adoption of endpoint detection and response (EDR) platforms to help facilitate the detection of cyber vulnerabilities and related threats on federal networks in accordance with the cybersecurity executive order signed in May.

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IT Industry Council Advises OMB on Zero Trust Strategy

IT Industry Council

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) advises the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to help agencies identify priorities when implementing a zero-trust architecture (ZTA). ITI said Tuesday that it made a list of recommendations regarding the OMB's Federal Zero Trust Strategy, which will guide agencies as they migrate to a ZTA.

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Executive Order to Direct Federal Contractors to Provide COVID-19 Safeguards to Workforce

White House

The White House has issued an executive order that requires federal contractors to provide safety protocols to their employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as part of efforts to improve the economy and efficiency in federal procurement. The policy directs executive departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments contain a clause requiring vendors and subcontractors to comply with the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s guidance for workplace locations.

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House Panel OKs Amendment to Add $3B for Federal IT Modernization; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The House Oversight and Reform Committee (HORC) has included in its markup of fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation package an amendment that would allocate $3 billion in funds for federal information technology modernization efforts. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, proposed the amendment that would set aside $2 billion for the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Citizen Services Fund and $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund.

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GSA Reaches Out to Business, Academic Sectors for Federal Workforce Upskilling Effort

Containerization

The General Services Administration is seeking input from learning content providers in the business and academic sectors for the development of a tool that could give federal workers access to educational materials and help them identify gaps in their knowledge. Interested education providers have until December 16 to express their interest in offering pay-for-access training content for a pilot program.

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OMB’s Federal Program Evaluation Website Goes Live; Diana Epstein Quoted

Diana Epstein

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched an online hub that will contain public information about agency plans and priorities related to the federal government's program evaluation activity. “We hope that Evaluation.gov will be a public resource for federal agencies, external researchers, and other partners as we continue this important work,” Diana Epstein, evidence team lead at OMB, wrote in Aug. 26 post.

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U.S. Agencies Partner to Expand Federal Digital Workforce; Clare Martorana Quoted

Federal Digital Workforce

The General Services Administration (GSA) partnered with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the White House to further develop the federal government's workforce of digitally skilled professionals. The two-year U.S. Digital Corps fellowship will gather early-career professionals in critical technology areas such as data science, cybersecurity and software engineering for opportunities to work with the federal government. 

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White House Cites Climate Change, Emerging Tech as R&D Priorities for FY23 Budget

White House

The White House has issued a memorandum outlining the administration’s research and development priorities that federal agencies should include in their budget proposals for fiscal year 2023. The multiagency R&D priorities listed in the memo are pandemic readiness and prevention; tackling climate change; research and innovation in emerging and critical technologies; innovation for equity; and national security and economic resilience.

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OMB Seeks to Ensure Critical Software Security With New Memo

Critical Software

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a memorandum that provides agencies 60 days to identify critical software platforms that are in use or in the process of procurement and one year to implement security measures designated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the use of all critical software. 

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