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10/22/2019
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Technology Modernization Fund cuts some checks

The TMF Board kicked off fiscal 2020 with a pair of new awards Monday. USDA got its third TMF award — the most so far for a single agency — for the modernization of its “special crops system” at the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will get $4 million for a case management modernization project. With these awards, the TMF is nearing the end of its initial 2018 appropriation of $100 million. There's also another $25 million the fund received earlier this year in a spending bill. However, the fate of future funding remains uncertain as the Senate mulls leaving TMF out of 2020 appropriations. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more on the awards.


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Fresh draft of DOD contractor cybersecurity standards coming next month

The second draft of the Pentagon's new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is coming in a few weeks. DOD Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord said version 0.6 will launch for public comment the first week of November. Then, in January, the completed version 1.0 will drop. The department will begin including the cybersecurity standards in RFIs in June 2020, followed by RFQs later that fall. Katie Arrington, who leads the CMMC effort under Lord, last week called this new model a "change of culture" for the defense industrial base. “It’s going to take time, it’s going to be painful, and it’s going to cost money," she said. Billy Mitchell has this one.


Census Bureau’s 2020 IT security to be audited ‘immediately’

Commerce has enlisted the U.S. Digital Service to audit the IT security of the 2020 Census. Specifically, the audit will seek to determine the “effectiveness” of certain IT security systems. It’s the latest line of inquiry into census IT, which has been under tight scrutiny by Congress and the watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office. Work under the audit will begin "immediately," according to a letter the IG sent to Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. Tajha has the story.


House bill would require IoT cybersecurity training for federal employees

Rep. Ro Khanna wants federal employees to be better trained to understand the vulnerabilities of IoT devices. The California Democrat introduced a bill in the House Monday that specifically directs the Office of Management and Budget to ensure employees understand the vulnerabilities of IoT devices. “The [bill] will ensure that our federal workforce is aware of these vulnerabilities when using IoT devices at work and at home,” Khanna said in the announcement. “This simple bill does its part in modernizing our government into the 21st century.” Dave Nyczepir has more.


Federal IT leaders discuss Cloud Smart and more

At the VMware Public Sector Innovation Summit, FedScoop spoke with federal IT leaders about the administration's Cloud Smart policy, the adoption of virtualization technology and more. Links to exclusive videos of those discussions are below.


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