Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of June 28, 2021
OMB Offers Guidance for Implementing First Part of Evidence Act
(Nextgov) The Biden administration wants agencies to focus more on results than compliance as they meet requirements of the Evidence Act, according to new guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

In a memo signed Tuesday and published on OMB’s website Wednesday morning, acting Director Shalanda Young detailed the administration’s position on the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, or Evidence Act, which passed during the previous administration.
Bidders are Scratching Their Heads Over Developments in a Major NIH Acquisition Program
(Federal News Network) A last-minute modification to the request for proposals for a signature governmentwide acquisition contract has left industry a little shellshocked. We’re talking about the long-awaited CIO-SP4 program from the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center. NITAAC officials seemed to neutralized small business partnerships many would-be prime bidders had developed. Stephanie Kostro, executive vice president for policy at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some reaction.
CIO-SP4 Emphasizes Reduced Administrative Burden, Emerging Tech
(governmentCIO) The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is getting ready to release its CIO-SP4 final request for proposal next month after shifting its in-person plans for industry feedback sessions this year during the pandemic. NIH Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations Associate Director Brian Goodger, who is also NITAAC's acting director, broke down what we can expect in the upcoming release.
White House Plans to Attribute the Microsoft Exchange Hack Soon
(Nextgov) The White House will soon officially assign responsibility for an extensive attack on Microsoft Exchange servers and decide on next steps, according to a top cybersecurity official.

“I think you saw the National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan say that we will attribute that activity,” Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger said Tuesday. More on the decision and follow-on action will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

Neuberger was speaking with Dmitri Alperovitch, executive chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator and co-founder and former chief technology officer of the security firm CrowdStrike.
Microsoft Says a Third of Its Government Data Requests Have Secrecy Orders
(WashBizJ) Microsoft’s customer security chief says as many as one-third of all government demands that the company receives for customer data are issued with secrecy clauses that prevents it from disclosing the search to the subject of the warrant.

The figure was disclosed in testimony by Microsoft’s Tom Burt ahead of a House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers weigh a legislative response to efforts by the Justice Department under the Trump administration to secretly obtain call and email records as part of an investigation into the leaks of classified information to reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.
Member News
Fresh out of AWS, Teresa Carlson Forecasts Changing Winds for the Government Cloud
(TechCrunch) Two months after leaving Amazon Web Services, Teresa Carlson still has her eyes on the cloud — and how selling it to government customers is changing.

Now the chief growth officer at Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the former vice president for AWS's public sector business said Monday that that while cloud adoption is still growing for the federal government, those contracts may not all come in the same multi-billion-dollar-package they once did.
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