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The Pentagon's JEDI cloud wars

As 2019 comes to a close, FedScoop is recapping the biggest stories in federal IT over the past year. Without a doubt, the Pentagon's JEDI cloud contract saga — fueled by protests, politics and, finally, an award —leads that list. Another year came and went with the acquisition dominating headlines, and the story will be around well into 2020. Look back at JEDI's developments in 2019.

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Census' rocky prep for 2020

The preparation for the 2020 "modern" census is reaching the finish line. And that made for a tense 2019 for the Census Bureau, which faced great scrutiny from both executive branch and congressional overseers for its development and acquisition of the tech that will support the 2020 count. Despite some critical moments, the bureau is optimistic that it's on track for a successful digital count in 2020. Read more on the 2019 census prep.

The Federal Data Strategy’s 2020 action plan is here

Federal agencies will begin calendar 2020 with the final Federal Data Strategy setting the stage for how they will be expected to prioritize data in the coming year. The document contains 20 actions, divided into three different categories: six agency actions, four community of practice actions to be “taken by a specific agency or group of agencies related to a common topic” and 10 shared solution actions. “The 2020 Action Plan establishes a solid foundation that will support implementation of the strategy over the next decade,” the document reads. “Specifically, the plan identifies initial actions for agencies that are essential for establishing processes, building capacity, and aligning existing efforts to better leverage data as a strategic asset.” Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

CISA releases draft TIC 3.0 guidance approving more use cases

As federal agencies adopt the recently published Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 policy, the Department of Homeland Security has issued new guidance to help them narrow their cyberdefenses. DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued the draft guidance to assist agencies moving from wide network perimeters to micro-perimeters around individual or small groups of assets. CISA’s new TIC guidance spans five volumes Read more on CISA's new TIC guidance.

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