The Markup: Nov. 9, 2017 | Federal Technology News & Government Analysis

Welcome back to The Markup! This week we
markup the latest news in November. We’ll look at the DoD’s budget, Army and Navy
cyber teams, CDM government-wide cyber dashboard, and the State Department’s IRM
request, so let’s get to it! [Intro Music] A year ago people were optimistic over a
possible defense budget increase when President Trump took office. Hope became a reality
when the House and Senate passed the Defense
Authorization Bill listing the DoD’s budget higher than ever seen before. Well,
sorry to burst your bubble, but this DoD budget increase no longer stands as
likely as it once was. The administration’s base budget request was
originally almost five hundred and seventy five billion dollars. Then the
house added 18 billion dollars on top of that making the total request seventy
billion dollars above the Budget Control Act limit. Defense One states that the BCA
still hasn’t budged capping the defense budget at five hundred
and twenty two billion dollars. While this budget sounds like a lot (which it
is) it’s still too small to encompass everything the DoD is asked to do. John
Conger from Defense One sums it up perfectly by saying, “If the Budget
Control Act continues to rule the day, our military personnel won’t get the
resources they need. Which is true, and that only adds more of a significant
risk to an already dangerous job. With little time left on the legislative
calendar, there is one last glimpse of hope, and that’s if Congress can pass an appropriations bill expanding emergency spending. But in order to get
the Democrat support in the Senate, they’re going to have to compromise and
fund some non-defense initiatives. In other Defense News, Army and Navy cyber
teams say they have reached full operational capability a year earlier
than expected. This means the teams met staffing and
training requirements necessary to perform missions from the U.S. Cyber Command. Get
more detailed by reading Mark Pomerleau’s article linked below. In other cyber
talk, Jason Miller from Federal News Radio reports that by the end of the
year, five agencies are expected to send their data to the government-wide CDM
dashboard. This will give DHS greater visibility into cyber security
vulnerabilities. This dashboard ensures that when vulnerabilities arise, DHS’s
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
can see what products and devices agency have and which might be vulnerable to an
attack. DHS will then work with the agency to fix any issues that they
find. In case you miss it, the State Department’s Bureau of Information
Resource Management is looking for small businesses to provide IT services for
their data centers. The response deadline is November 13th at 7 a.m. and you
can find more details about the request in FedScoop’s article linked below. Alright,
that wraps up your November Markup! Thank you to everyone who sent in news pieces, we
appreciate your input. If you have a story that you’d like features and the
next mark up, send it to [email protected] [Outro Music]

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