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The Department of State names Kelly Fletcher as its next chief information officer. GSA announces three new Technology Modernization Fund awards. How a Solarwinds-related cyberattack led USDA to seek TMF funding for threat monitoring. This is FedScoop for Oct. 7.

Kelly Fletcher to join State Department as chief information officer

Kelly Fletcher is set to join the State Department as chief information officer. She takes up the role after serving as principal deputy CIO and and primary adviser to CIO John Sherman at the Department of Defense. John Hewitt Jones and Nihal Krishan have the story.

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TMF invests more than $20.8M in 3 agencies’ cyber and CX projects

An Office of Personnel Management effort to simplify its website is among three agency projects to receive more than $20.8 million in the latest round of Technology Modernization Fund investments announced Thursday. Dave Nyczepir has the details.

Solarwinds-related Cyberattack led USDA to seek $4.4M from TMF for threat monitoring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture applied for TMF funding after discovering a gap in its cybersecurity operations during the SolarWinds breach, according to its chief information security officer. Dave Nyczepir has this also.

Chinese state-sponsored hackers have become more brazen, prompting an NSA advisory

Increasingly bold Chinese state-sponsored hackers are actively using known vulnerabilities to gain access to sensitive networks, a dynamic National Security Agency cyber chief Rob Joyce called a “major threat” to critical infrastructure and election security on Thursday. Suzanne Smalley has the story for CyberScoop.


$100M Booz Allen fund aims to bolster Defense Innovation Unit efforts

Booz Allen Ventures fund plans to dole out strategic investments to bridge gaps between promising Silicon Valley technologies and the Defense Department’s innovation efforts. Beyond the funding, Booz Allen Ventures VP Brian MacCarthy says in a new Daily Scoop Podcast that he also envisions tapping into its “talent base to help these startups integrate downrange into major systems on Booz Allen contracts." Hear more from MacCarthy.


WATCH: Defense Information Systems Agency director on securing modern networks

DISA’s Hosting and Compute Center’s mission is to deliver best value capabilities to the warfighter, says Sharon Woods. That includes ensuring that cloud, applications and data are secure. Woods shares some of the security strategies the agency is taking, such as implementing zero trust and DevSecOps into their operations.  Hear more from Woods.

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