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As telework rose, so did engagement

The Office of Personnel Management released data from the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey on Monday, showing that at the pandemic’s peak, 74% of federal workers teleworked at least part of the week. Of those, 59% of respondents said they did so every day, and another 10% did most of the week. Prior to the pandemic, just 3% of federal workers teleworked on a daily basis, per the data of the 2020 FEVS report. Despite this new work arrangement for most federal employees, engagement still rose. Billy Mitchell has more.

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Former federal CIO applauds additional TMF funding

During Suzette Kent's time as Federal CIO, the federal government struggled to convince appropriators to OK funding for the Technology Modernization Fund. So, naturally, she's a bit envious of the $1 billion injection into the TMF the new administration just received — and thrilled for it too. “In a way I’m jealous; I am thrilled that it is funded because the mechanism works and agencies need to drive change,” Kent said. “As the TMF Board looks at the projects that agencies bring to them, those projects are supposed to be about pandemic response, use of new and emerging technologies, improved use of data, and leapfrogging for modernization.” Kent spoke with Dave Nyczepir.

The Army’s first software factory fully up and running

The Army opened the physical office space for its first software factory this month to both help produce new applications for Army usage and train soldier-coders to find ways to enhance operations through technology. The software factory’s office space opened is located at Austin Community College near the Texas headquarters of Army Futures Command, which houses the factory. Before the physical location opened, the first cohort started work remotely in December. Jackson Barnett has more.

DOD zero-trust strategy coming this year, CIO says

The Department of Defense is set to release a strategy for zero trust sometime this year. Acting DOD CIO John Sherman announced the strategy last week but gave few details about the nature of the strategy, only stressing that reaching a zero-trust framework to improve the cybersecurity of DOD networks is pivotal. The strategy could set in motion changes to how the department establishes its security posture by organizing networks around the zero-trust principles of segmenting a network and limiting users’ access to only the data they need. “I think we are at one of these inflection points here,” Sherman said. “Our current approaches are not going to take us into the future here.” Jackson has this too.

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