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The Best Bosses in Federal IT

FedScoop is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Best Bosses in Federal IT awards. At the helm of the most successful IT organizations across government are leaders who demonstrate vision and inspiration, rallying their teams to deliver innovative technology solutions to serve American citizens. FedScoop’s Best Bosses list was created to celebrate these champions of federal technology. See the winners here!

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With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Shuffling the JAIC?

Lawmakers want to shift the reporting structure of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) within the Department of Defense. A draft of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would put the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center directly under the deputy secretary of Defense and install a new board of directors to oversee the office. The proposals from the House Armed Services Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee are intended to expand the JAIC’s profile as its influence reaches more parts of the military. Jackson Barnett has more on the proposal.

DHS exploring 5 additional blockchain use cases

The Department of Homeland Security is ramping up its uses of blockchain. DHS's Science and Technology Directorate re-issued an other transaction solicitation (OTS) through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program for proposals from blockchain startups to support the needs of the DHS Privacy Office (PRIV), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Those three agencies highlighted five new areas where blockchain — also known as distributed ledger technology (DLT) — could be of use. See the new blockchain uses.


Preparing agencies for the future of identity authentication

The rapid surge in telework during the current pandemic has made clear that physical authentication controls present a significant obstacle to access agency resources remotely. This is changing the way IT leaders think about access using zero trust and passwordless authentication methods, says identity expert Yves Massard. He explores trends that leaders should be looking towards to meet demands of virtual work. Listen here for more details.

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