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Federal CIO Kent: Gov’t Setting New IT Modernization Goals for 2019

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Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, announced the government plans to release its draft policy to update the Trusted Internet Connections program in the coming week, Federal News Network reported Thursday. 

She said the TIC policy would provide federal agencies with a streamlined process to move to multi-cloud environments as part of the government’s ongoing information technology modernization program. The Office of Management and Budget will seek industry and agency feedback on the policy through a Federal Register notice. TIC follows three other successful policies issued in 2018 that focused on identity management, cloud smart and data center.

Kent said TIC might include “identity improvements, data usage and zero trust architecture.” She added the government also aims to issue separate policies on data and automation in 2019.

“We are now working on creating an initial approach for using automated technologies inside the federal government,” Kent said. “We are looking for ways to automate our scores for the ‘Federal Information Security Management Act’ as well as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.”