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The newest CoE agency partner

The General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence program has expanded to another agency. In its latest engagement, the program will work with the Government Accountability Office to build out its Innovation Lab. Specifically, the CoEs will assist with expediting the process for obtaining an authority to operate (ATO) for the lab’s cloud-based infrastructure, services, and tools. The partners will also work to develop a flexible and scalable computing environment “that is responsive to current and future needs,” according to a release. Billy Mitchell has the story.

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OMB pushes federal IPv6 rollout

The Office of Management and Budget came out with a memo this week with updated requirements for agencies to switch to IPv6-only information systems and services. IPv4, the current standard for identifying entities communicating via the internet, was developed in 1983. It uses 32-bit addresses comprised of four numbers ranging from zero to 255 and separated by periods. The pool of available addresses ran out in 2015. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses for 340 undecillion combinations and supports end-to-end encryption as well as more secure name resolution. The new guidance calls it "essential for the federal government to expand and enhance its strategic commitment to the transition to IPv6 in order to keep pace with and capitalize on industry trends.” But at least one federal CIO thinks it's going to be a while before agencies can catch up. “As much as one might hope that would be a fast transition, it’s going to be a long-term transition.” Dave Nyczepir has more on IPv6 in government.

Air Force wants to lead futuristic warfighting network

As the U.S. military adopts a futuristic warfighting concept called the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), the Air Force wants to be the one leading it, top officials said Tuesday. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force wants to be the “lead service” to connect all domains to “truly operate at the speed of relevance." Under that larger vision for JADC2, the service held its first test of the Advanced Battle Management System late last year. Goldfein added that the Air Force’s goal is to build a “unified data library” and be able to test that sensors are linking across domains every four months. The service requested $302 million in fiscal 2021 to further build out the Advanced Battle Management System and other technical elements of JADC2. Jackson Barnett has more from the hearing.

Navy gets smart on cyber

The Navy is out with a new strategy this week for the future of its education system. It calls for increasing the familiarity with emerging technologies at all levels of the service. And on top of that, much of the strategy itself will rely on the use of technology, via online and long-distance learning. Broadly, the Navy wants to increase the cyber and technical knowledge of sailors and Marines, acknowledging that cybersecurity has been a critical vulnerability and emerging technology is changing the way it will fight in the future. Jackson has more on the strategy.

Changes underway fro VA's digital service team

The U.S. Digital Service team at the Department of Veterans Affairs has been moved from a "dotted line" reporting structure to the deputy secretary to now working under the department's CTO. The change marks an evolution for one of USDS’s oldest agency teams, the organization’s leadership says. But the shift also took place under the shadow of conflict between VA leadership and the consultative technology unit, which is formally housed within the Executive Office of the President, around a report on the rollout of the 2018 MISSION Act. FedScoop takes an exclusive look at the transition of the digital service team, what led to the change and what it means for the team's future at the VA. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has this exclusive story.

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