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DOE, USDA Adopt Software Approaches Based on Previous DOD Work

Software Development

The Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) are separately applying cybersecurity and software development approaches based on efforts previously done by the Department of Defense (DOD). Venice Goodwine said at an AFCEA Bethesda panel she plans to certify a process through which USDA's 29 agencies would align their software development work with. 

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USDA Needs Public Input to Inform Agriculture-Driven Climate Strategy

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks the public's input on a strategy that aims to address climate change through efforts in forestry and agriculture. USDA said Monday that it needs information on climate-smart agriculture and forestry approaches, bioproducts, renewable energy and wildfire. Interested parties may submit responses through April 30 via the Federal Register

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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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