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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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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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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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Senate Committee Releases Federal Cybersecurity Report

Federal Cybersecurity

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has issued a 47-page report outlining a list of recommendations to improve the cybersecurity posture of federal agencies. The Senate panel’s Federal Cybersecurity report recommends that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) direct agencies to adopt a risk-based budgeting framework for information technology investments.

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GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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GAO: Federal Government Needs Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy

Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, mitigate supply chain risks and address weaknesses in its information security programs to strengthen cyber and information technology management efforts. GAO issued an update in March and highlighted the need for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies to fully implement key measures to improve IT management.

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