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Deputy U.S. CIO Margie Graves to depart OMB

Margie Graves is stepping down as U.S. deputy CIO. After serving in the role for more than three years, Graves will retire from government and eventually take a role in the private sector. She told FedScoop it is “the perfect time in the cycle” to step away from the role. More on Graves’ departure.

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SEC makes David Bottom CIO

The Securities and Exchange Commission has a new CIO. The agency named David Bottom chief information officer in a Thursday announcement, replacing acting CIO Chuck Riddle, who will return to his dual deputy CIO and chief technology officer role. Bottom is a long-time government IT leader, most recently serving as both CIO and chief data officer at the Office of Intelligence and Analysis within the Department of Homeland Security, and taking on a special detail assignment to under Federal CIO Suzette Kent in the Office of Management and Budget. Dave Nyczepir has more on Bottom's appointment.

Defense bill has a view of the clouds

The latest version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, cleared by Congress earlier this week, makes way for the DOD's plans to adopt the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud and rapidly migrate all Fourth Estate defense support agencies to MilCloud 2.0. But while the bill spells good things for DOD's premier enterprise cloud efforts, it calls for a reduction in funding for the department's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. See more on the NDAA's impact on DOD IT.

MetTel and Granite added to EIS

The final two vendors under the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract received authorities to operate this week. MetTel and Granite Telecommunications both completed business support system security testing in December to perform work on the $50 billion contract. With its three-year ATO, MetTel announced that it entered into a contract with the U.S. Mint to consolidate its telecommunications services, modernizing its broadband and wired services at six facilities — including one warehouse. More on the new ATOs.

Facial recognition in federally assisted housing?

Lawmakers are worried about how and when federally assisted housing properties use facial recognition technology. Eight members of Congress spanning both chambers sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson asking not only how many properties have used facial recognition technology in the past five years, but also if research shows that these cameras actually make residences safer and what HUD is doing to ensure that any data collected is kept secure. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has the letter.

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