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Advisory Panel Looks at Dashboard Projects to Inform Work on Federal Data Service; USDA’s Ted Kaouk Quoted

Ted Kaouk

The Federal Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is working to introduce the Federal Data Service to enhance how agencies link, access and safeguard data and is now looking at dashboard projects of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enable the proposed service to help agencies accelerate data maturity. 

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CDO Council’s Ted Kaouk on Data-Sharing Initiatives, Interagency Collaboration

Ted Kaouk

Ted Kaouk, chairman of the Chief Data Officers Council, has said that the council’s recently created data sharing working group is assessing needs to balance security and governmentwide data sharing. Kaouk said that the CDO Council is looking at ways to “blend data across agencies” to leverage key information. Kaouk's comments come after the CDO Council submitted its first report to Congress.

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Federal CDO Council Highlights Data Initiatives in New Report; Ted Kaouk Quoted

Ted Kaouk

The Federal Chief Data Officers Council (CDO Council) has released its first congressional report detailing plans for data initiatives under its six working groups. The Federal CDO Council provided information on the initial subgroups with focus areas such as operations, data skills, data sharing, COVID-19 information, small agencies and Chief Financial Officers Act agencies.

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USDA Streamlines Contact Center Functions Under GSA CoE Program; Simchah Suveyke-Bogin Quoted

Customer Experience

The Department of Agriculture has launched a customer service program to centralize contact center operations as part of the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence (GSA CoE) initiative. The self-service AskUSDA Contact Center covers inquiries made through email, phone, chat or the web to free up personnel time for addressing customer concerns.

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Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Payroll Agency Via Separate Bug in SolarWinds Orion Code

Cyber Attack

A group of suspected Chinese hackers used a vulnerability in SolarWinds software to breach U.S. government networks and a payroll agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Finance Center (NFC) - was one of the government organizations affected by the cyber attack. The NFC oversees the payroll of several federal agencies, including the FBI and the departments of the Treasury, State and Homeland Security, according to former officials. 

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GSA Awards Brillient OASIS Unrestricted Pool 4 Contract; Paul Strasser Quoted

Brillient

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Brillient a One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Unrestricted Pool 4 contract. “This unrestricted award of OASIS Pool 4 is the culmination of our team’s efforts toward obtaining a Best-in-Class contract vehicle and being a premier provider of R&D solutions for the US Government,” said Paul Strasser, CEO of Brillient

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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar," said Rep. Gerry Connolly.

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IBM Wins Spot on USDA BPA to Modernize Conservation Programs; Jay Bellissimo Quoted

Jay Bellissimo

IBM has been selected as one of the five large business awards by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area in a blanket purchase agreement (BPA). "IBM is proud to have the opportunity to work with the USDA to help achieve higher levels of digital modernization," said Jay Bellissimo, IBM's General Manager, U.S. Public Sector and Federal.

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA-USDA Partnership Aims to Transform Agricultural Production Through Earth Observations

Jim Bridenstine

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA will collaborate to explore the potential of Earth observation systems and other space-based technology to address agricultural research challenges. The partnership also seeks to address measures recommended in the 2017 Earth Science decadal survey report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Ted Kaouk on Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan

Ted Kaouk

Ted Kaouk, chair of the Federal Chief Data Officers Council and CDO at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), said foundational actions over data governance, workforce and infrastructure will continue to play a role in the Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan. The Federal Data Strategy provides agencies and their CDOs a 10-year roadmap and annual action plans to establish milestones.

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