From Our Members
The U.S. Federal Data Strategy, 2020, outlines a broad agenda for federal agencies in leveraging data as a strategic asset. In support of this effort, the strategy outlines 10 principles, 40 practices, and 20 specific, measurable actions. This guidance ranges from ensuring relevance in the data, using data to guide decision-making, and publishing and updating data inventories.
In today’s complex IT environment, new technologies come at us from a seemingly ever-growing number of vectors: mobile, IoT, biometrics, cyber defense, and so on. Programs – and the agency management team – must answer to FITARA, TBM, and the GSA Scorecard as well as the scrutiny from the Hill and media. There are more stakeholders – more sets of eyes – on every program than ever before. If the emperor has no clothes, everyone will know it.
Unless you have been asleep under a rock, you know or have heard about the emergence of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirement for doing business with the Department of Defense. While there have been other cyber risk compliance rules from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in the past, these older guidelines were based on “self-attestation” and not widely embraced by the DoD’s supply-chain and Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Make no mistake about CMMC – it is a game-changer.
With their transition team and with early political appointees, the Biden administration has already demonstrated that improving the digital experience for people interacting with government is a top priority. Almost every transition team has members with a background in digital services, product management, or software engineering. Early appointees focused on “Delivery” also indicate that there will be a priority not just on policy, but on improving the overall outcomes of the government services.
The Biden Administration comes to office facing so many critical problems, but the first and most significant is speeding up the delivery of vaccines to everyone who wants them as soon as possible, which will permit the Nation to resume full economic activity.
The mission of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is more relevant now than ever! We foster creativity and economic growth through our mandate in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the US Constitution to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
“May the light of the holiday season shine bright in your heart now and throughout the New Year,” taken from George W. Bush’s holiday card.
Welcome to 2021. I hope everyone had a great holiday season.
Many of us participated in CES Government about this time last year. We left that conference enthused and optimistic about the importance of our government technology sector and the kickoff of a new decade.
Through my not for profit work with The Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur (CCE), a Paris based international foreign trade advisory hub, along with my memberships in the GBEF, I appreciate how the distance between our countries continues to diminish. The chasm of 4,000 miles – not to mention a six-hour time difference – that separates our continents is no match for the countless technologies that bring us together…