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05/18/2020
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Federal Data Strategy deadlines are bumped ahead

It was clear, early on, that the coronavirus pandemic would affect agencies' efforts to comply with the action plan for the Federal Data Strategy, which had several key deadlines throughout the summer and fall of this year. As federal telework continues en masse, the team that is overseeing the strategy has reset those deadlines by at least a month. Agencies should focus on “mission-critical” activities and minimize face-to-face interactions, the Action Plan team has advised. "In addition, in places where the Federal Data Strategy calls for agencies to prioritize data assets and projects, the agencies are making sure to include their COVID-19 response data as their highest priority," the team's website says. Dave Nyczepir has the details.


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Suzette Kent: Find more 'commonality and consistency'

Many agencies took quick action toward maximum teleworking — with some bumps in the road — despite not having pandemic-specific plans, Federal CIO Suzette Kent noted last week in remarks on the response to the pandemic. Kent urged them to consider how they can build on those lessons learned, particularly in working agency-to-agency. Interoperable data and other areas of collaboration are crucial: “We need more commonality and consistency to move quickly,” Kent said during a Dcode webinar. Jackson Barnett has the story.


A promotion for Bobby Saxon

Retired Army Col. Bobby Saxon has continued his federal service in recent years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where his work has included oversight of Healthcare.gov and leading the Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response Operations. That worked earned him a promotion — he will join George Hoffmann as one of CIO Rajiv Uppal’s deputies at the agency. Billy Mitchell had the scoop.


Data is one of TSA's top weapons against insider threats

The Transportation Security Administration says it is prioritizing the use of data to detect insider threats to the transportation system. In an official roadmap it issued last week, the agency lays out a plan for improving its ability to catch anyone who uses their authorized access to sensitive areas and information to compromise transportation security — or allow criminals or terrorists to do so — in a way that hurts people, organizations, systems, or national security. Data analysis will play a big part, the document says. “Together with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders, we will maximize innovation and technology to mitigate insider threats,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in the announcement. Jackson breaks down the roadmap.


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