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10/06/2020
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An exploration of the U.S. CTO role

Thirteen years, two presidential administrations and four people later, the role of the U.S. CTO is hard to encapsulate. Since it was created in 2009, no two people have performed the job the same, as each one has maintained different focuses and initiatives around American technology. In a special feature, FedScoop takes a look at the role of the U.S. CTO, the accomplishments of those who held the title and how the expectations can change when the White House has a new occupant. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the story.


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A new JAIC director

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has a new leader. The Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Michael Groen to be the director of the JAIC. Groen has a long history of working with military technology and intelligence. Before his appointment, he served as the chief of Marine Corps intelligence and on the Joint Staff in senior positions. Jackson Barnett has more on Groen.


Measuring TBM progress

The Federal CIO Council is out with a new tool for agencies to measure their progress in implementing the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework. Called the IT Spending Transparency Maturity Model, it's an optional method for agencies to evaluate where they’re headed in six areas essential to effective TBM: engagement, taxonomy, data, automation, reporting and value. “More specifically, the new maturity model turns qualitative activities into quantitative metrics, helping agencies measure progress and keep teams and leadership aligned on what matters most for their mission,” reads the accompanying white paper. Dave Nyczepir has the story.


Universities request exemption from CMMC

Higher education research and information security leaders sent a joint letter to the Department of Defense asking they exclude fundamental research conducted at universities from its new information security requirements, Educause announced last week. The security requirements, released in January, are part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, the DOD's new set of cyber standards for all of its 300,000 contractors, from weapons manufacturers to universities doing basic research with defense dollars. The public nature of universities and their research would make compliance highly difficult, Educause said. Betsy Foresman has this on EdScoop.


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Open source gives agencies long-term cloud flexibility

The extensive ecosystem of open source partners and applications can be a boon to federal agencies trying to boost their modernization efforts. SUSE federal executive, Christine Cox discusses how open source tools can help agencies future-proof digital services, avoid vendor lock-in, enhance enterprise security and support high-performance computing requirements. Hear more from Christine Cox.


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