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DHS issues EIS awards

The Department of Homeland Security awarded four task orders to AT&T under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program Thursday. Worth a combined $306 million over 12 years if all options are exercised, the task orders cover networking services supporting the DHS headquarters, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Science and Technology Directorate. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

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VA undershot EHR infrastructure costs by $2.6B

The Department of Veterans Affairs may need to spend an additional $2.6 billion on physical infrastructure to support the rollout of its modernized electronic health record program, according to the department's inspector general. “The lack of reliable cost estimates was caused in part by insufficient planning at the outset of the program. [Office of Electronic Health Records Modernization] leaders stated that at the beginning of the program the focus was on the EHRM contract and the system itself, rather than infrastructure,” the IG said in a new report. Jackson Barnett has more.

NIST's race to issue software guidance

As the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) goes about delivering new guidance on the software supply chain, it plans to first consolidate existing guidance, said Matthew Sholl, computer security division leader of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. The institute is under pressure to issue separate guidance on protecting critical software and testing source code within 60 days and broad standards on supply chain security within 90 days as the U.S. government races to respond to recent supply chain attacks like the SolarWinds hack. Dave has this too.

Atlantic Council pushes U.S. to bolster cyber, quantum tech

In a new report, the Atlantic Council issued recommendations for the U.S. and its allies to strengthen their cybersecurity strategy and accelerate the operationalization of quantum technologies. “The sophisticated, but potentially fragile, data and tech systems that now connect people and nations mean we must incorporate resiliency as a necessary foundational pillar of modern life,” said David Bray, director of the Council’s Geotech Center. More from John Hewitt Jones.

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