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Meet your new Federal CIO

The Biden administration has its Federal CIO. Clare Martorana has taken the role, leaving her post as CIO of the Office of Personnel Management, which she held for the past two years. Martorana got her start in government during the waning months of the Obama administration as a digital services expert on the U.S. Digital Service team, with a focus on digital modernization at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Billy Mitchell has more on Martorana.

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CISA taking over .gov

The General Services Administration will turn over control of the .gov top-level domain in April to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. CISA will increase .gov security and make it harder for malicious actors to impersonate the TLD, in keeping with the DOTGOV Act of 2020 that mandated the transfer to the civilian cyber agency. Dave Nyczepir has more.

Matheny gets trio of White House roles

Jason Matheny, the former leader of IARPA, has a handful of new roles in the Biden White House. Officially, Matheny will be deputy assistant to the president for technology and national security, deputy director for national security in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and coordinator for technology and national security at the National Security Council. Jackson Barnett has this one.

Buy your Bitcoin from GSA

The General Services Administration is known to auction off some pretty interesting items from federal holdings: old vehicles, office supplies and IT equipment, even land. But Monday the agency announced a first. It's planning to auction a .7501 share of one Bitcoin, valued at roughly $38,000 as of publication, on March 15. “This auction marks the first time cryptocurrency will be made available for public sale through GSA Auctions,” a GSA spokesperson told FedScoop. “And it is the only piece of cryptocurrency to have fallen under the purview of the U.S. General Services Administration.” More on the unprecedented auction.

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