Faster Security Clearances, Counterfeit Microchips, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The Office of Personnel Management has decreased the average length of a federal background investigation from 145 to 36 days with electronic forms and increased automation. More here.
  • Rep. Mike McCaul proposes reversing a 2008 Department of Homeland Security policy that stopped providing organizations with information needed to identify counterfeit microchips, which he blames for their rapid rise. More here.
  • The General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is the small office tasked with identifying and addressing obstacles to governmentwide cloud adoption. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $9.8 million on a project to crowdsource a new heavy and potentially amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. More here.
  • Rosemary Wenchel is leaving the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence where she served as director of cyber information operations and strategic studies to be the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity coordination in the National Protection and Programs Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security. More here.
  • NASA launched a new technology transfer portal to fascilitate private sector licenses, patents, and intellectual property agreements. More here.
  • The cross-government Digital Services Advisory Group is developing guidance for government Bring Your Own Device policies. More here.

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