The government shutdown is officially over and it’s time for federal agencies to get back to business as usual. While many agencies are getting back to normal, the federal news cycle dealt with many of the pre-resolution stories, which included NIST delaying the launch of its preliminary cybersecurity framework. Of course, it was not all government shutdown news 24/7. The U.S. Army announced that is launching a cyber research alliance, and the private sector could see more opportunities to help NOAA with satellite capabilities. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Open for Business: Government Shutdown, Default Averted
After 15 days of a government shutdown, Congress passed legislation to fund the government and avert a default last Wednesday night
NIST Cybersecurity Framework Draft Delayed By Shutdown
The Oct. 10 deadline for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to issue a preliminary cybersecurity framework for private sector operators of critical infrastructure came and went without action, due to the recent government shutdown.
Army Launches Cyber Research Alliance
The U.S. Army is launching a cybersecurity alliance that will fund academic and industry research to “explore the basic foundations of cyber space issues in the context of Army networks.”
TechAmerica Forecasts Steep Cuts In Federal IT Spending
Pressures from sequestration, deficit reduction and the drawdown in defense spending will take a toll on federal IT spending over the next five years, according to a market forecast from the TechAmerica Foundation.
Private Sector Could Bridge Satellite Gap
Commercial satellite data providers are on standby to mitigate a potential gap of available data from domestic polar-orbiting weather satellites maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Deputy Defense Secretary Leaving Post
Ashton Carter will step down in December as deputy defense secretary after his four and a half year stint at the Pentagon.
Amtrak Moves Real-Time Route Maps to the Google Cloud
Many urban public transportation systems offer riders GPS-based apps that show arrival times for the next bus or subway. Now Amtrak is jumping on the geospatial platform with a deal to have its national mapping data hosted in the Google cloud.
Government Shutdown Hampers Attendance at Defense Conferences
The now-passed government shutdown and travel restrictions placed on Pentagon civilian and military officials who were still working hampered attendance at defense conferences.