GSA’s coronavirus bot shows how RPA can supplement pandemic response
The agency needed to process a lot of data about infection counts in areas where it runs federal buildings. Robotic process automation (RPA) cut down a lot of repetitive, manual work that humans were doing.
For remote learning in government, coronavirus cyber training could prove transformational
With the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework as a guide, agencies can not only identify skills gaps but explore new ways of instruction.
Pentagon further restricts building access, boosting telework demand, after contractor dies
The Pentagon raised its in-person workforce restrictions to its second highest-level, HPCON-C, increasing the number of employees that will need teleworking to some degree.
Contractors demand maximum telework authority as coronavirus furloughs loom
“We’re really in uncharted territory here," said the attorney leading Ward & Berry's government contracts practice.
Assume ‘malicious parties’ are waiting to pounce on telework traffic, NIST tells agencies
Remote access technologies are, by nature, exposed to more external cyberthreats.
New funds for telework, IT support are part of OMB’s coronavirus response request
Several agencies need tens of millions more in supplemental funding for teleworking technology, a letter from OMB shows.
OMB tells agencies to ‘minimize’ face-to-face interactions, focus on ‘mission-critical’ work
Agencies have 48 hours to consider postponing or curtailing all other activities that can't be performed remotely, as the government adopts a more "aggressive posture" in response to COVID-19.
Some agencies finding they lack the bandwidth for ‘maximum telework’
One Department of Energy office plans to implement a staggered work schedule to reduce the strain on its systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOD names permanent head of new background check agency
The DOD has tapped William Lietzau to lead the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency as its first permanent director.
DOD networks, under ‘unprecedented’ strain, are more vulnerable to attacks, official says
"With the increase in telework capability comes an increase in attack surface for our adversaries,” says Essye Miller of the CIO's office. "They are already taking advantage of the situation."