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(USA) Treasury Secretary: Agencies Must Develop Stablecoin Regulations (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

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(USA) Democrats Again Propose New Tech-Focused Agency and Big Boosts in R&D Funding (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

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(USA) DOD’s Forecast Post-JEDI: Multi-Cloud with a Chance of Peril (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

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(USA) News Media Accidentally Boosted Russian Disinformation Tweets (Futurity, 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

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USA – How USPTO’s First Emerging Tech Director Is Approaching the Nascent Role (Brandi Vincent, Nextgov)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is deliberately applying innovative technologies across many complex processes, particularly as its filings and examinations are trending up and reaching new records lately.

How USPTO’s First Emerging Tech Director Is Approaching the Nascent Role – Nextgov

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USA – VA’s Cybersecurity Still Missing Critical Zero-Trust Element, Watchdog Says (Mariam Baksh, Nextgov)

The Veterans Affairs Department has come a long way implementing Government Accountability Office recommendations for protecting its information systems but still doesn’t have appropriate access control measures in place, according to congressional testimony from a GAO official.

VA’s Cybersecurity Still Missing Critical Zero-Trust Element, Watchdog Says – Nextgov

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USA – Air Force Wants to Build DevSecOps Enclave for Secure Processing (Mila Jasper, Nextgov)

The Air Force wants to build a multi-level security network to enable secure processing for the Defense Department’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept, according to a recent solicitation.

Air Force Wants to Build DevSecOps Enclave for Secure Processing – Nextgov

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USA – Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Public Housing (Frank Konkel, Nextgov)

Legislation introduced in the House Wednesday would prohibit the usage of facial recognition and biometric technologies in public and assisted housing units funded under the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Public Housing – Nextgov

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USA – IG: SBA’s Cybersecurity ‘Not Effective,’ In Part Due to COVID (Aaron Boyd, Nextgov)

The weight of administering a multibillion-dollar emergency aid program and other pandemic-related stressors in 2020 weakened the cybersecurity posture of the Small Business Administration, according to the agency inspector general.

IG: SBA’s Cybersecurity ‘Not Effective,’ In Part Due to COVID – Nextgov

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