Aaron Boyd writes for Nextgov: House lawmakers approved the largest appropriations-based addition to the Technology Modernization Fund since its inception but the White House says it was really hoping to get more.
Aaron Boyd writes for Nextgov: The federal government would finally be able to hire specifically for “software development,” “software engineering,” “data management,” and “knowledge management” positions under new legislation before the House. Over multiple administrations, the federal government has tried to get better at hiring and retaining tech-savvy employees but continues to meet challenges, including the lack of specific job roles for positions that are critical to creating a digitally-driven government.
go to Nextgov website: House Bill Would Create Long-Awaited Software and Data Roles at Federal Agencies – Nextgov
Mariam Baksh writes for Nextgov: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced legislation that would shield companies from liability associated with cybersecurity intrusions they experience in exchange for reports of such incidents that could be used to track perpetrators and mitigate the harm from major breaches across U.S. critical infrastructure.
Mila Jasper write for Nextgov: A former Defense Department official is recommending the U.S. take an approach to shoring up the microelectronics supply chain akin to the zero-trust model for cybersecurity rather than overemphasize onshoring and subsidizing as a silver bullets.
Mariam Baksh writes for Nextgov: The public will not be privy to the details of a second directive the Transportation and Security Administration announced Tuesday to improve the cybersecurity of the nation’s pipelines, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
go to Nextgov website: TSA’s New Cybersecurity Rules for Pipelines to Be Kept on Need-to-Know Basis – Nextgov
Brandi Vincent writes for Nextgov: Leading U.S. financial regulators got a preview of an in-the-works report federal staff is preparing on stablecoins—a new class of cryptocurrencies that typically try to peg value to other assets—during a meeting convened by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday.
go to Nextgov website: Treasury Secretary: Agencies Must Develop Stablecoin Regulations – Nextgov
Brandi Vincent writes for Nextgov: Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., reiterated calls to drastically up government funding levels for technology-driving research and development—and to form a new executive branch agency with a focus on innovation. Legislation introduced by the Silicon Valley congressman on Friday includes proposals that would affect multiple federal agencies and stand up the Federal Institute of Technology. Deemed FIT for short, that institute would be a portion of lawmakers’ broader aims to make technology-centered investments, particularly in rural areas.
go to Nextgov website: Democrats Again Propose New Tech-Focused Agency and Big Boosts in R&D Funding – Nextgov
Wayne Lloyd writes for Nextgov: The Pentagon’s abandonment of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract was an anticlimactic demise for the once visionary single-cloud network. As far back as 2019, the Defense Department acknowledged that 10% of its cloud would stay with Amazon Web Services and Google; but on paper JEDI’s benefits were clear. It would have been a streamlined, unified approach for DOD’s unclassified and classified networks. Teams would only have to understand and master one solution. And the reduced complexity of a single cloud would theoretically minimize the accessibility of DOD’s network vulnerabilities.
go to Nextgov website: DOD’s Forecast Post-JEDI: Multi-Cloud with a Chance of Peril – Nextgov
Bert Gambini wirtes for Futurity: Many legacy media outlets played an unwitting role in the growth of the four most successful fake Twitter accounts the Russian Internet Research Agency created to spread disinformation during the 2016 US presidential campaign, according to a study.
go to Nextgov website: News Media Accidentally Boosted Russian Disinformation Tweets – Nextgov