Vol. 17, No. 43
November 8, 2021
NTIA to Host Technical Assistance Session on
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host Technical Assistance (TA) sessions in connection with the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program authorized and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. NTIA’s CMC Pilot Program is a $268 million grant program to build the broadband and digital technology capacities of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and to support broadband access, adoption, and digital skills within those institutions and in their surrounding anchor communities.

The CMC TA Sessions are designed to help prospective applicants understand the eligibility and programmatic requirements of the CMC Pilot Program and to assist applicants prepare high quality grant applications before the application deadline on December 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The CMC program team will address live questions during these technical assistance sessions to aid prospective CMC Pilot Program applicants.

NTIA will offer 60-minute CMC TA Sessions on the following dates (click the links to register):
Administration Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order
The Biden administration issued a sweeping executive order last Wednesday mandating that nearly every federal agency patch hundreds of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The new mandate would cover almost 300 security flaws discovered since 2017, which would be listed in a new federal catalog, and would apply to all executive branch departments and agencies except the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as cybersecurity is managed separately for the military and national security.

The new Directive and an associated fact sheet can be found at Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 22-01.
Bill Seeks to Speed Up Cloud Technology Adoption
A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced The Federal Secure Cloud Improvement and Jobs Act (S. 3099) to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) so federal agencies can adopt secure cloud technologies to help make government operations more efficient. FedRAMP was created in 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget as a risk-based approach for adopting cloud technologies within the government. The legislation would also modernize the process by which cloud products are reviewed, establish metrics, improve security and authorize $20 million to operate the program.