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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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US Representatives Launch Academic Research Security Bill; Jim Langevin Quoted

Representatives Jim Langevin, Frank Lucas, Anthony Gonzalez, Elise Stefanik and Mikie Sherrill unveiled a bipartisan legislation that seeks to protect academic research from foreign espionage. The Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 will require the director of the Office of Science and Technology and Policy to create an interagency committee to assess security functions for funded research efforts and build a protocol to respond to security concerns, the office of Jim Langevin said Thursday.

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DHS Honored for Immersive Surveillance System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate received an award in recognition of a certain government-funded surveillance system. DHS said Tuesday that it garnered the R&D 100 Award for the Immersive Imaging System, a situational awareness tool designed to provide 360-degree surveillance coverage with high-resolution imagery.

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FedRAMP Sees Progress With Tailored Authorization

Two years after the launch of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s Tailored baseline for low-impact software-as-a-service, 25 percent of participating agencies secured authorization for their cloud services. FedRAMP announced Thursday that 11 cloud services were implemented with the authorization. 

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NNSA Manufactures Initial Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Unit

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration concluded the production of a U.S. Navy low-yield nuclear warhead missile. The NNSA said Monday that it has manufactured the first production unit for the W76-2 warhead at DOE's Pantex Plant facility in Texas. The W76-2 is an updated variant of the W76-1 platform and provides submarine vessels with sea-launched ballistic missile warhead capacities.

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Raghav Vajjhala Talks FTC’s Cloud Migration, Other IT Modernization Efforts

Raghav Vajjhala, chief information officer of the Federal Trade Commission, has said the FTC will advance its information technology modernization efforts by using a multiple-award contract with four companies, Federal News Network reported Friday. Vajjhala said on the Ask the CIO program that migrating email to the cloud would be one of the first task orders.

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Four Senators Support Bill to Require Paper Ballots for U.S. Elections

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., are supporting Sen. Ron Wyden's, D-Ore., new bill aiming to help secure elections from cyber threats. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 would require U.S. federal elections to employ physical paper ballots and undergo post-voting audits to limit risks, Wyden's office said Thursday.

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OMB Seeks Public Comments on Draft ‘Cloud Smart’ Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new draft strategy that seeks to help federal agencies facilitate the adoption of cloud platforms in support of their mission requirements. A White House release published Monday says the Cloud Smart strategy marks the first update of the previous cloud policy, Cloud First, introduced in 2010.
 

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PSC’s David Berteau: DoD Aims to Incorporate Security Into Contracts With ‘Deliver Uncompromised’ Initiative

David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, has said one of the programs that contractors are on the lookout for in the fiscal 2019 appropriations bills is the Defense Department’s “Deliver Uncompromised” initiative, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

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Air Force Seeks Asset Security Challenge Participants

The U.S. Air Force is seeking ideas from industry and academic professionals on how to secure temporary, fixed and mobile assets as part of the military branch’s AFWERX Fusion Challenge. USAF said Tuesday the challenge represents an open innovation platform for the service branch to collaborate with potential non-military partners in areas …

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