Biden administrator looking for new chief statistician

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  • The House Defense Policy Bill includes some new benefits for federal employees. Bill 2022 would add mourning as an option for which federal employees can take paid time off. And it adds a housing allowance for federal wilderness firefighters who live more than 50 miles from their deployment locations. House members also included a new mental health program for federal firefighters. This would give federal firefighters up to five days of paid leave during the fire season. The Senate has yet to begin the amendment process for its version of the NDAA. (Federal Information Network)
  • After more than six years of development, the Army has decided to postpone the deployment date for the modernization of its human resources information systems. Officials said they now plan to fully deploy the Integrated personnel and payroll system, or IPPS-A, in September 2022. That’s nine months later than expected. The military said the setback is mainly due to difficulties in integrating the new system with the existing systems it replaces. The IPPS-A has already been deployed in the Army National Guard. The new wave aims to bring the active-duty army and the army reserve into the same system. The military has spent over $ 1 billion on the project so far.
  • The Ministry of Defense has taken a big step to prepare its operations for a world impacted by climate change. The Pentagon is already losing billions of dollars trying to adapt to the extreme weather and climate changes of recent years. Now he takes climate change into account, from leadership decisions to how he trains and equips his troops. This means he is preparing for wars, emergencies and other eventualities in a world where massive hurricanes, huge forest fires and rising sea levels are the norm. In its new strategy, the Defense Ministry also said it would make efforts to be more transparent about its contributions to greenhouse gases and that it would also try to hold its suppliers accountable. (Federal Information Network)
  • Federal agencies have developed new plans to prepare their employees and buildings for climate change. 23 agencies have published new climate change resilience plans. They are responding to an executive order signed by President Biden in January. The Department of Homeland Security has said it will electrify half of its fleet by 2030. The Department of Education plans to reduce computer power consumption. And the Office of Personnel Management is working on a new program that would bring climate change experts from the private sector, academia and nonprofit space into agencies. (Federal Information Network)
  • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation leads a technology sprint focused on the ability of community banks and other financial institutions to withstand disruptions ranging from hurricanes to ransomware. The FDIC selected six teams of technology companies to measure and test the operational resilience of banks. The agency will be hosting a demo day later this month… where judges will assess each team’s presentations. The FDIC does not award any cash prizes as part of the sprint.
  • The agencies now have a more mature policy for securing teleworkers. Almost 18 months after the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency detailed provisional security guidelines to facilitate remote working, the agency released its final policy with a few updates. The Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 remote use case now includes additional security models, such as through a cloud access security broker or security as a service that goes back to the agency’s home network. It also highlights four new security features: user awareness and training, domain name monitoring, application container, and remote desktop access. CISA received approximately 70 comments on the draft guidelines and worked with the CIO and CISO boards to finalize the use case.
  • The CIA continues its reorganization effort that began last spring with new mission areas and a focus on technology and recruiting. The spy agency creates a new role of chief technology officer and a transnational and technological mission center. The new center will address global issues including new and emerging technologies, economic security, climate change and global health. In addition, the CIA has also launched a newt technology scholarship program to bring in private sector experts for one- or two-year appointments. Finally, the CIA has created another new mission center, focused on China and the global challenges it poses, which cut across all of the agency’s mission areas.
  • A satellite spy agency opens up to industry with a new contract vehicle. The National Reconnaissance Office plans to issue a general agency announcement next month to wire its needs to the industry. The new approach is expected to help the Secret NRO work more closely with a rapidly growing commercial space industry. NRO Director Christopher Scolese: “We have to innovate faster, we cannot rely on the standard contractual approach, which, although it goes fast enough, still takes time. (Federal Information Network)
  • The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency deploys a data governance framework to help elevate data as a strategic asset. NGA’s new data strategy also calls for making data more easily accessible and improving its reusability. Strengthening data control among the workforce is also a key effort for the agency. NGA wants to tidy up its data house so that analysts can take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning to make sense of an ever-expanding pool of geospatial information available from government sources and commercial.
  • The Bureau of Management and Budget is seeking a Chief Statistician to the data priorities of the Biden administration. The Chief Statistician monitors the quality and timeliness of federal statistics while maximizing their overall value. The new recruit will lead the implementation of the Evidence Act and chair the Data Advisory Committee for Evidence Construction. The new recruit will also represent the United States on the United Nations Statistical Commission and other international forums. Nancy Potok was the last permanent chief statistician, but left the government in January 2020.
  • Space Force SPACEWERX technology accelerator selected 24 companies and universities to present ideas on new advances in hypersonics. The teams will meet in December and the most viable technologies will receive $ 100,000 in cash prizes to speed up follow-up activities. The Defense Ministry is investing heavily in hypersonics in order to stay ahead of its close competitors like China and Russia.

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