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Interior's IT "secret sauce"

Like many federal agencies, the Department of the Interior was successful in shifting to mass telework and increasing network capacity in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to keep mission operations ongoing. But what exactly made it successful? According to CIO Bill Vajda, it was his IT leadership team's ability to step up in a very coordinated way. In this new episode of Let's Talk About IT, Vajda and his team speak with FedScoop about their all-hands-on-deck response efforts and what it entailed at Interior's bureaus and offices across the nation. Listen now.

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CDC pushed out of COVID-19 data reporting

The White House has pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remove its infection tracking system from the federal process for collecting hospital coronavirus data. Now, hospitals and state health departments will report COVID-19 data the White House seeks directly to two systems managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Many worry its an effort by the Trump administration to keep the data away from the public. CDC Director Robert Redfield said doing so will reduce duplication of reporting, allowing his agency to focus on other reporting needs. More from Dave Nyczepir.

Army picks new top IT officer

The Army's CIO role is undergoing a major reshuffling that will split it into two positions — one uniformed and one civilian. For the uniformed role, the Army has nominated Maj. Gen. John Morrison, who will officially serve as deputy chief of staff of the G-6 if confirmed by the Senate. Morrison comes from U.S. Cyber Command, where he served as chief of staff. In his new role, he would focus on military IT issues, including work with Army Cyber Command, and policy implementation. Jackson Barnett has more on Morrison's nomination.

Army launches software factory

Speaking of the Army, it's launching a software factory to host soldiers and civilian coders who will apply their skills to a range of national security problems, like other services have before it. The factory will be based in Austin under Army Futures Command with the mantra of “by soldiers, for soldiers." The Army wants to keep end-user soldiers in the development loop and have an agile workflow. It hopes to have a physical office set up and staffed up by early 2021. Jackson has this one too.

WATCH: Federal leaders talks cybersecurity in COVID and more

In conjunction with CrowdStrike's Fal.Con summit, FedScoop spoke to federal leaders about the evolution of cybersecurity as COVI-19 stretches on, election security, migrating to the cloud and more. Today, see video interviews with:

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