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Foundational actions to continue in Year 2 data action plan

The Year 2 action plan of the Federal Data Strategy will have some familiar, foundational action items in it, according to Ted Kaouk, chair of the Federal Chief Data Officers Council. Data governance, infrastructure and the workforce played a central role in the 2020 action plan, and that will continue in the forthcoming 2021 plan, Kaouk said last week. He didn’t mention when the 2021 plan will be released, but it could come soon — the 2020 action plan was released just before the end of last year. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

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$11B DES contract is live

The Department of Defense is finally out with the final solicitation of the $11.7 billion Defense Enclaves Services (DES) IT consolidation contract. The Defense Information Services Agency contract will be a single-award deal to consolidate the networks of 22 non-warfighting agencies in the Department of Defense under the scope of the Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) initiative. Jackson Barnett has this.

Navy CISO gets another key cyber role

Navy CISO Christopher Cleary is getting a promotion. He was named the department’s principal cyber adviser, the first in the Navy’s history. Cleary will remain as the Navy’s CISO until a new person is selected for that job. In the new role, he will be tasked with implementing cyber strategy and working across the Department of Defense and industry on cybersecurity policy. More from Jackson.


Security 2021: Focus on authentication and identity controls

The pandemic fundamentally changed the way agencies approach user access to systems and data. With telework, IT departments had to confront weaknesses in identity management that wasn't designed for large numbers of unmanaged devices connecting from offsite networks. The shift in security drew a distinction between authenticator tools and authentication controls, says Duo Security’s Bryan Rosensteel in a new FedScoop podcast. Hear more from Rosensteel.

WATCH: IT leaders discuss top priorities at FedTalks

FedTalks 2020 was three days of can't-miss content. In conjunction with the event, FedScoop also spoke to several IT leaders from the public and private sectors on the most pressing topics in 2020, like modernization, COVID-19 and much more. Today, watch videos from:

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