Tag Archives: State Department

USCIS’s Damian Kostiuk: Data Sharing Can Address Bias Issue in Naturalization

Damian Kostiuk

Damian Kostiuk, chief director of the data analytics division within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), said data-sharing agreements can help the agency reduce biases in algorithms used to automate naturalization processes. He said data sharing can produce the variety of information needed to train the algorithms with respect to other agencies involved in naturalization.

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State Department Commissions Council to Lead Data Strategy Implementation; Brian Mckeon Quoted

Brian Mckeon

The State Department's Enterprise Data Council will oversee the implementation of a newly released enterprise data strategy, which aims to expand the department's use of data analytics across operations. The department said its chief data officer, a post currently held by Matthew Graviss, will chair the council, which is composed by bureau leaders.

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State Department Issues Strategy for a Data-Centric Enterprise

Enterprise Data Strategy

The State Department has released its strategy to further implement the use of data across its operations and workforce. The department said Monday that its Enterprise Data Strategy titled “Empowering Data-Informed Diplomacy” aims to equip personnel with data for decision making. The strategy also helps the department meet several regulatory and congressional requirements related to enterprise data.

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White House, Semiconductor Industry Highlight Need to Promote Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain Transparency

Representatives from the semiconductor industry reiterated their commitment to transparency efforts to address supply chain challenges associated with the global chip shortage during a meeting with Biden administration officials. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, met with industry participants Thursday to discuss industry’s progress in advancing supply chain transparency, including improved trust and communications across the supply chain.

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House OKs Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Suspend Borrowing Limit

Capitol Hill

The House on Tuesday voted 220-211 to pass a bill that would fund government operations through Dec. 3rd and suspend the debt limit through the end of 2022. The continuing resolution, which is now headed to the Senate, seeks to avoid a partial government shutdown by the end of fiscal year 2021 and prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its debts.

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State Department, FDIC Working on New User Technologies Using Novel Approaches; Keith Jones Quoted

Keith Jones

The State Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) have adopted new approaches to securing modern technologies to fit their personnel's needs. State Chief Information Officer Keith Jones shared an ongoing customer-centric multicloud platform for DevSecOps where users across his agency could develop mission-specific tools and skills without worrying about overstepping their authorities.

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IG Offers Recommendations for State Dept’s Office of Science and Technology Adviser

IG's State STAS Report

The State Department’s office of inspector general has recommended that the office of the science and technology adviser to the secretary come up and communicate to personnel a plan to implement its functional bureau strategy and develop and train staff on clearance procedures in compliance with the department’s guidelines.

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Trade Groups, Federal Officials Discuss Efforts to Evacuate Federal Contractors From Afghanistan; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

Professional Services Council, National Defense Industrial Association and International Stability Operations Association leaders met with officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and departments of Defense and State Friday to discuss the evacuation of federal contractor employees and their families out of Afghanistan.

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State Department Eyes Cloud Service Providers for Enterprise IT Modernization

Enterprise IT

The State Department is conducting market research to identify potential vendors that could migrate its legacy information technology applications to multiplatform, multitenant cloud infrastructure. A sources sought notice posted on SAM.gov indicates the department is looking at enterprise application platform-as-a-service offerings for its cloud migration effort.

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State Department Appoints Former Diplomat Amos Hochstein to Energy Security Advisory Role

Amos Hochstein

Amos Hochstein, a former diplomat and executive at a natural gas company, has been appointed senior adviser for energy security at the State Department. He will be responsible for implementing risk reduction measures in connection with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline system that links Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

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