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Biden's IT, cyber transition experts

President-elect Joe Biden this week named members of his transition team who will lead agency reviews as the new administration prepares to take office in January. Many of those volunteers are former IT and cybersecurity experts who've served in the government prior. Many had high-level roles during the Obama administration, like the first U.S. CTO, Aneesh Chopra; former deputy U.S. CTO, Nicole Wong; and many alums of the U.S. Digital Service. FedScoop sourced a thorough — but not necessarily exhaustive — list of transition officials with IT and cyber backgrounds. See who Biden picked.

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A COVID-19 "Design-A-Thon"

The Department of Health and Human Services launched a "design-a-thon" that aims to help automatically capture data from non-laboratory COVID-19 tests and report it to public health officials. Called the COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-A-Thon, it's a call for “innovative problem solvers” to develop device-integrated software that will capture diagnostic data, standardize it, and report it out. Sara Wilson has more.

Tech leaders send congratulations and policy priorities to Biden

Speaking of Biden and tech leaders, many executives from commercial technology companies sent their congratulations to the president-elect this week. “The result is clear and that’s why we sent the letter,” IBM’s Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs Chris Padilla told reporters Tuesday, referencing a congratulatory letter the company’s CEO Arvind Krishna sent Biden on Monday. Leaders from Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft and other companies also congratulated Biden in some capacity. More from Sara.

GAO developing AI framework for agency oversight

The Government Accountability Office is developing an artificial intelligence oversight framework that will help auditors work with inspectors general to continuously monitor executive agencies' progress with the technology. Right now, GAO is developing a "wireframe" of what oversight might look like in the areas of explainability and transparency, bias and fairness, integrity and resilience, and data quality and lineage, said Taka Ariga, the agency's chief data scientist and director of its Innovation Lab. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

DOD moving toward zero trust

As the Department of Defense continues large-scale telework, it's working to build a zero-trust security architecture into its networks — particularly as the department battles an increase in phishing attacks. John Sherman, the DOD’s principal deputy chief information officer, said the challenges of the pandemic have pushed the conversion toward action. But the move hasn't been without resistance, Sherman said, hinting there has been dissent among some agencies in DOD over how to make zero trust a reality. “This crisis has forced us to think differently,” he said. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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