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FedRAMP Launches OSCAL Developer Data Bites Series

FedRAMP Launches OSCAL Developer Data Bites Series&mndash;FedRAMP is excited to launch an Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) Developer Data Bites series! It will cover a variety of technical topics regarding users’ utilization of OSCAL for FedRAMP, FedRAMP automation updates or changes, and open forum conversations with subject matter experts. The first OSCAL Developers Data Bites session will be held on Thursday, September 1, at 12:00 pm, EDT. The series will continue on a bi-weekly basis. — via FedRAMP

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Aug 18, 2022

U.S. Department of Defense Releases First Departmentwide Social Media Policy

The DOD released a policy that for the first time spells out, from the highest levels of the defense community, how DOD military and civilian personnel should use official social media accounts to best advance the mission of the U.S. military and further instill trust in the credibility of the DOD.
Aug 15, 2022

Modernize Your Identity Management Process Through ILM

Modernize Your Identity Management Process Through ILM—GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy is pleased to announce the Identity Lifecycle Management (ILM) Playbook, designed for identity program managers, and enterprise and application architects interested in modernizing their identity management process for federal employees. This practical guide helps federal agencies understand how to shift their focus from managing employee access based on credentials to managing the lifecycle of identities as outlined in section III of OMB Memo 19-17. This will help agencies achieve an enterprise Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) system that is agile enough to support technology modernization and aligns with the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) architecture. — via General Services Administration

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Aug 12, 2022

White House and GSA Celebrate Record Years in Prize Competitions, Citizen Science Efforts

White House & GSA Celebrate Record Years in Prize Competitions, Citizen Science Efforts—On July 20, GSA’s Open Innovation Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-hosted the Open Innovation Forum in partnership with Digital.gov. The event was themed around building equitable partnerships and it celebrated OSTP’s biennial report to Congress that covers the federal government’s prize competitions, crowdsourcing and citizen science initiatives in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. — via General Services Administration

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Aug 03, 2022

Outreach

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Partner Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. We encourage you to use these communication outreach materials and build upon them with your community coalitions to meet the needs of your specific audiences.
Jul 22, 2022
Jul 20, 2022

Senior Executives Are the Allies Tech Teams Need, Part 1

Senior Executives Are the Allies Tech Teams Need, Part 1—Successfully delivering software in government requires people to work differently. Without clear answers for how to do this, well-intentioned executives and teams default to existing processes that risk undermining their own success. This is part one in a series on how to evolve that relationship. — via 18F

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Jul 20, 2022

Help Us Improve Digital Forms

Help Us Improve Digital Forms—People in the U.S. spend over 10 billion hours each year completing government forms. The Office of Evaluation Sciences is working to reduce this burden and make digital forms easier and more accessible. You can help by filling out a short typical form. It will take less than five minutes! — via General Services Administration

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Jul 14, 2022

Veterans Affairs

An Accidental AI Professional

This feature on Agata Ciesielski, a fellow in the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF) Program, highlights the opportunities provided by the program to work on big impact inter-agency problems, such as elevating artificial intelligence solutions.
Jul 06, 2022

FedRAMP Penetration Test Guidance Updates

Penetration Test Guidance Updates—These updates were made to address the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Revisions include updated guidance around existing and new threats as well as addressing attack vectors so they’re in alignment with current best practices. Learn about the four initiatives included in the revision process, and download the new June 2022 PDF. — via FedRAMP

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Jul 05, 2022