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Sherman in, Miller out

The Pentagon's Office of the CIO is losing its No. 2. Essye Miller will retire from the Department of Defense at the end of June.“Essye has been a trusted advisor to me, especially as I came onboard the DoD,” CIO Dana Deasy said. “Essye is without a doubt an inspiration to many and her dedication to the mission and leadership style will be missed throughout the department.” Her replacement, however, is someone well known to the federal IT community: intelligence community CIO John Sherman. Billy Mitchell has more on the shift.

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How the Army Corps of Engineers is scaling its IT for coronavirus response

The Army Corps of Engineers plays a critical role on the frontlines responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the virus has landed stateside, the corps has been building alternative care facilities out of arenas, hotels, dorms and convention centers in areas lacking traditional hospital beds for patients. With that, the service’s network capacity has been turned up and it has scaled users on its VPN from 5,000 to 40,000 in a matter of days — something that would traditionally take weeks. CIO Dovarius Peoples spoke with FedScoop about what this period has been like, including an early mishap that took some of the corps' IT services offline for eight hours. Billy interviewed Peoples.

Navy innovates to stay ahead of COVID-19 supply chain impacts

The Navy wants to get ahead of the pandemic's possible impacts on its supply chain. The service is overlaying real-time data on the coronavirus and its effect on the defense industry onto its supply chain management systems to closely monitor where factory delays and lockdown orders could occur. When the Navy sees a potential shutdown affecting its supply lines, it can respond by ramping-up production elsewhere or shifting plans to account for the lapse, says James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. Jackson Barnett has more from Geurts.

Focus on IT modernization in future stimulus bills, groups say

Several tech trade groups are urging Congress and the Office of Management and Budget to prioritize IT modernization for coronavirus response, telework and cybersecurity gaps through in any further stimulus legislation. The Information Technology Industry Council, Alliance for Digital Innovation, Computing Technology Industry Association, Center for Procurement Advocacy, Internet Association, and Cybersecurity Coalition signed letters to the two bodies. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant strain on many of the federal, state and local government resources across the United States that people depend on every day,” said Gordon Bitko, senior vice president of public sector policy at ITI. The principles in the letters, he said, "highlight specific areas where investments should be made to help government agencies at all levels modernize, secure and better serve citizens and communities that rely on their services.” Dave Nyczepir has more from the letters.

DOD gets its JEDI re-do

The Department of Defense will get its chance to take corrective action on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. DOD will have 120 days “reconsider the aspects of the procurement challenged in [Amazon’s] protest” of the $10 billion commercial cloud contract. Not much more than that is known, for now, because the order is sealed. But we do know from a previous DOD filing that the department wanted to re-evaluate a key part of the contract that dealt with a pricing scenario for online cloud storage. Billy has this too.


Security tools to bolster defense, from network to endpoint

Agencies accommodating a larger remote workforce need a more holistic view of their networks that looks across all security layers. Cybersecurity experts from Cisco discuss new tools that allow CIOs and CISOs to quickly establish an integrated threat intelligence environment across multiple domains. Hear more from the experts.

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