Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of June 14, 2021
(Washington Post) The Biden administration on Thursday told federal agencies that more employees can return to their offices as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic ebbs, but it also laid out a permanent work-from-home expansion that will drastically alter the federal government’s workplace culture.

Federal agencies no longer have to limit the number of staffers allowed in their offices to 25 percent occupancy, the administration said in the first major announcement on pandemic staffing it has issued since January.
White House Outlines 'Made in America' Executive Order Implementation
(GovExec) President Biden issued an executive order on January 25 to push federal agencies to buy more products made in the United States, an effort that builds on current, related laws. The order directed the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to consider proposing rules to tighten up “Buy American” requirements within 180 days (by July 24), required the General Services Administration to create a public website for proposed waivers and justifications, and established a Made in America Office within the Office of Management and Budget to review any waivers issued that allow the purchase of goods from outside the United States. 
White House Partners with NSF to Stand Up National AI Research Resource Task Force
(Federal News Network) President Joe Biden, building off efforts started under the Trump administration, is launching a task force to bring breakthroughs in artificial intelligence into focus.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is working with the National Science Foundation to lead a new National AI Research Resource Task Force.

OSTP and NSF launched the task force last Thursday. Under the 2020 National AI Initiative Act, the task force will look at how to expand access to AI education and other critical resources. The task force includes members from NIST, the Energy Department and top universities.
Member News
Announcing the Winners of the 2021 AWS Global Public Sector Partners Award
(AWS Public Sector Blog) I want to personally thank all our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Partners who are essential in driving innovation, accelerating digital transformation, and delivering results for our AWS customers. We recognize the importance of our partners in helping our public sector customers achieve their mission, and I am honored to announce the winners of the 2021 AWS Global Public Sector Partners Awards.

The winners were selected based on their skills and ability to deliver valuable customer solutions, demonstration of Amazon Leadership Principles, engagement and success with the AWS Partner Network (APN), and their customer obsession and contribution to our customers’ success.
Telos Corporation Wins 2021 Fortress Cyber Security Award
(Intrado Globe Newswire) Telos® Corporation (NASDAQ: TLS), a leading provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security solutions for the world’s most security-conscious organizations, announced today that it has been recognized by the Business Intelligence Group as a winner for the 2021 Fortress Cyber Security Awards in the Network Security category for its virtual obfuscation platform, Telos Ghost®. The company’s cyber risk and compliance analytics platform, Xacta®, was also named a finalist in the Compliance category. The industry awards program sought to identify the world’s leading companies and products that are working to keep our data and electronic assets safe among a growing threat from hackers.
Splunk: State of Observability 2021 Report Links Observability Best Practices with Successful Digital Transformation
(MarketScreener) Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the Data-to-Everything Platform, in collaboration with Enterprise Strategy Group, today announced The State of Observability 2021, a global research report that explores what a strong, high-level observability practice looks like and the meaningful results observability can deliver in the Data Age. With every organization now being a digital organization, the report shows that observability should be viewed as a core competency, not a cutting-edge differentiator.
As the U.S. Discusses Infrastructure, Can Practical Quantum Computing Play a Role?
(D-Wave Blog) The Biden administration recently announced a $2 trillion infrastructure and job creation plan aimed at modernizing existing roadways, improving drinking water quality, implementing broadband internet for all, strengthening the electrical grid, and more. Others in Congress have a more slimmed down package, but are also looking at modernizing the fundamental facilities and systems that allow our national economy to function. The recent focus on national infrastructure — which often deals with complicated processes and technologies — begs the question: can today’s practical quantum computing play a role in these efforts?
Telos Corporation Expands Market Reach with the Telos CyberProtect Partner Program
(Telos News Center) Telos® Corporation (NASDAQ: TLS), a leading provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security solutions for the world’s most security-conscious organizations, today announced the launch of the Telos CyberProtect Partner Program, a new channel initiative created to foster relationships with companies that share an unwavering commitment to integrity and excellence while serving customers in the areas of cyber, cloud and enterprise security. DLT Solutions, a Tech Data company, and Presidio Government Solutions LLC, branded publically as Presidio Federal, are among the first partners to join the program.
AWS Enables the US Federal Government's Move to IPv6
(AWS Public Sector Blog) In November 2020, the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memorandum to executive departments and agencies outlining the strategic intent to deliver information services, operate networks, and access the services of others exclusively through the latest Internet Protocol version 6, known as IPv6. While the memorandum is only a few months old, the transition to IPv6 has been years in the making. IPv6 has a number of advantages over IPv4, including an increased number of addresses available, the potential for simplified routing, and simplified end-to-end IPsec. The US government has spent the last 16 years moving toward IPv6 adoption, requiring federal agencies to operationally deploy IPv6 for public internet servers and internal applications. Now, there is broader interest and urgency in adopting the IPv6 network protocol across the federal government.
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