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Unusable and unused vaccine systems hinder Biden’s COVID-19 response

Millions across the country have received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to date — but most Americans haven't and have no idea when they will. And a big reason for this slower-than-anticipated rollout is the federal government hasn't provided working IT systems to manage vaccines and share real-time data on supply and immunizations. Under-resourced states and localities didn’t receive the tech they needed from the Trump administration to support vaccine rollout. Some federal agencies also withheld data on the pandemic prior to the 2020 presidential election. One system the government paid $44 million for isn't usable. And perhaps worse, the CDC is sitting on unused software that states struggling with last-mile delivery could use as a fallback. FedScoop has an in-depth look at the IT disarray behind the scenes of the vaccine rollout. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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A months-long cleanup

It’s going to take a long time to sort through the fallout from the massive espionage operation spurred on by the SolarWinds breach uncovered late last year, according to the White House. Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger stressed during a White House briefing Wednesday that the way the suspected Russian hackers infiltrated a SolarWinds network management software update with malicious code has made it more difficult for federal investigators to track down the details of the compromise. “We believe it took them months to plan and execute this compromise. It will take us some time to uncover this layer by layer,” Neuberger said. Shannon Vavra has this on CyberScoop.

GSA's plans for CMMC

The Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements have started appearing in the General Services Administration's larger, governmentwide contracts. However, any new cybersecurity requirements GSA asks of contractors will be introduced at the order — not the contract — level, according to a top acquisition official. Dave has more.

DOD gets pat on the back for weapons cybersecurity

Despite the bad rap the Pentagon often gets for securing its weapons from cyberthreats, a new watchdog report says the military has met most of the best practices for keeping some critical weapons systems safe from bad actors. The DOD inspector general issued a report that it conducted as a checkup on the cybersecurity of weapons later in their lifecycles. It found that each branch of the military and U.S. Special Operations Command demonstrated timely analysis and reaction to cyberthreats, which earned them a rare pat-on-the-back from the IG. Jackson Barnett has this.


Revealing the promise of digital forms and documents

Government agencies are fed up with paper-based processes. They cost time and money and slow down the ability to quickly meet mission needs. However, for all their efforts, moving away from paper still has its challenges. Foxit’s DeeDee Kato discusses how the Canadian government and other U.S. agencies have shifted to new PDF editing tools — with a competitive licensing model — in order to implement an enterprise-wide strategy to digitize their documents. Read more from Kato.


How healthcare agencies can tackle fraud, waste and abuse with RPA

Public sector agencies are still feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on government health services. Though the Coronavirus Relief Fund — or CARES Act — established a reserve for testing and treatment of uninsured citizens, it also created new coding requirements, resulting in a mountain of backlog claims. That’s why leaders are turning to robotic process automation tools to help with the growing pile of documents. Read more in a new report.

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