Weekly Highlights
Week of December 13, 2021
Government News
Army Ahead of Schedule on Email Transition, IT Leaders Say
(FedScoop) The Army’s migration from the Department of Defense’s custom email system to a Microsoft Office 365 platform is ahead of schedule, with more than 50% of the service’s accounts transferred so far, top IT officials said.
Defense Innovation Unit Issues Guidance for Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence
(Federal News Network) At the Defense Department, artificial intelligence has been topic one lately. But unlike say China, the U.S. federal government, including DoD has a policy of ethical and unbiased application of AI. Recently, the Defense Innovation Unit issued what it calls responsible AI guidelines. Here with what they’re all about, the unit Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Jared Dunnmon, spoke to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
DISA Official Says Failure Mindset Changing Following JEDI
(MeriTalk) The Department of Defense’s (DoD) cloud strategy is ever-changing but with the termination of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract earlier this year, the DoD has developed a more “agile” failure mindset – recognizing that it’s okay to fail, but also important to do so quickly, a Pentagon official said.
CISA Probes Scope, Potential Fallout of Log4j Vulnerability
(CyberScoop) A top government cyber official said Tuesday that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency hasn’t seen hackers compromise federal agencies by exploiting the Apache Log4j vulnerability — but the agency’s still fearful of widespread attacks stemming from it.
CISA Advisory Committee to Look for Ways to Beef Up Cyber Workforce
(MeriTalk) The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held its inaugural Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting Dec. 10, focusing heavily on how CISA and the committee can increase the Federal and national cybersecurity workforce.
Senate Panel Advances Bill to Codify FedRAMP
(MeriTalk) The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted today to advance the Federal Secure Cloud Improvement and Jobs Act of 2021, sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration.
Industry News
OMB Offers New Guidance on Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate, As Compliance Ticks Up for Feds
(Federal News Network) The Biden administration offered more details Thursday for federal contractors tracking the multiple legal challenges to the president’s vaccine mandate, while reporting a slight increase in the number of executive branch employees who have complied with their agency’s own requirements.
ADI in the News
Biden Signs Executive Order Focused on Experience
(FedScoop) The order mandates that federal agencies commit to placing citizens’ user experience at the center of everything they do and that departments take actions including piloting new online tools and technologies to provide a “simple, seamless and secure customer experience.”
White House Elevates CX with Executive Order
(FCW) The White House said that the order will create a “sustained, cross-government service delivery process” aligned with specific life moments like retirement where Americans interact with government services.
Officials: CX EO Focused on Cutting Friction in Citizen Experience
(MeriTalk) President Biden released an executive order (EO) today with requirements for 17 different Federal agencies to make customer experience (CX) improvements across 36 areas. The order as a whole broadly focuses on ways Federal government agencies can create more seamless interactions with the public, Federal officials said on a press call explaining the White House directive.
Biden Executive Order Seeks 'Seamless' Customer Experience Across Federal Services
(Federal News Network) President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday focused on improving customer experience within government and building on its ongoing work to improve the equity of public-facing services.
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