Tag Archives: State Department

Former DHS Official Keith Jones Named State Department CIO

State Department

Keith Jones, former deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been appointed as the State Department’s new CIO. Jones will have the rank of assistant secretary of state as part of his new capacity. Most recently, Jones served as a principal consultant at government-focused management consulting firm Deep Water Point

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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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DOD’s John Kirby: Biden Seeks Five-Year Extension of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Treaty

John Kirby

John Kirby, press secretary at the Department of Defense (DOD), has issued a statement saying President Biden is seeking to extend for another five years the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. Kirby said extending New START advances U.S. defense, but would create a loss of inspection and notification tools by failing to extend the treaty would undermine U.S. understanding of Russia’s nuclear forces.

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State Department to Support Establishment of World Data System’s US Office

World Data System

The State Department will collaborate with a partnership between the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee to establish a program office for an international non-governmental organization that offers the research community access to scientific datasets. The International Science Council's 29th General Assembly formed the WDS interdisciplinary body in 2008.

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GAO: DoD Should Determine How to Communicate Critical Tech List to Other Agencies

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DoD) determine ways to communicate its list of critical technologies, acquisition programs and manufacturing capabilities within DoD and to other agencies, come up with metrics to evaluate protection efforts and designate an organization to oversee future protection measures.

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Smartronix Acquires Datastrong to Expand Technology Solutions

Smartronix

Smartronix has acquired Datastrong, a technology solution provider focused on data architecture, design and business analytics. Datastrong offers advanced technology solutions to both commercial and federal customers, and will operate as a division of Smartronix’s Cloud Solutions business unit. “Our acquisition of Datastrong represents an important step forward in expanding the suite of offerings Smartronix can deliver to clients via the cloud," said Smartronix CEO Peter LaMontagne.

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Mike Pompeo OKs State Department’s Cyberspace Security and Emerging Tech Bureau

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, secretary of the Department of State, has approved plans to establish a bureau aimed at ensuring the security of U.S. emerging technologies and cyberspace capabilities. The Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies will spearhead U.S. efforts to foster international partnerships and drive the discussion on technology and cyber policy issues.

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Matthew Graviss Named State Department’s First Chief Data Officer

Matthew Graviss

Matthew Graviss, former chief data officer (CDO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has been appointed as CDO with the State Department. He will lead the analytics center within the department's Office of Management Strategy and Solution in efforts to help personnel gain insights from data that can support diplomatic missions.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Stresses Need to Innovate U.S. Cyber Defenses

Cyber Defense

President-elect Joe Biden said the U.S. must rethink and innovate national defense against cybersecurity threats following the SolarWinds network monitoring software hack that hit multiple federal agencies. Biden said at a recent press conference the Russian-linked breach poses a national security risk and highlights the need for the U.S. government to update approaches in the cyber domain.

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Mike Pompeo: Investment Ban to Cover ETFs, Index Funds, Subsidiaries of Firms Linked to Chinese Military

Mike Pompeo

State Secretary Mike Pompeo has announced that the Department of the Treasury (DoT) will prohibit U.S. companies and individuals from investing in index funds, exchange traded funds and subsidiaries of Chinese companies with ties to the Chinese military. Pompeo said in a statement published Monday the move is in compliance with an executive order signed in November 2020. 

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