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CRITICAL READ WHAT: An Office of Personnel Management sources sought notice for support of its elec- tronic Official Personnel Folder. WHY: The eOPF system con- tains records that cover a civil- ian federal worker ’s employ- ment history. OPM and agency human resources departments refer to those documents to make decisions about employee rights, benefits and entitle- ments. More than 100 federal agencies use eOPF to track 2.5 million employees. OPM is seeking information from potential vendors that could handle development, program management and data management for eOPF, which is built on Northrop Grumman’s e.Power platform. The company handles a broad spectrum of OPM work, but the sources-sought notice estimates that the eOPF support is worth $6.5 to $7 million. The current contract expired Aug. 23, and OPM had anticipat- ed issuing a request for propos- als and making a contract award by that date. VERBATIM: “Through on- demand Web-based access to personnel folders, eOPF enables 24/7 concurrent access to personnel infor- mation by human resources staff and employees. It also allows the electronic transfer of the eOPF from one agency to another when the employ- ee moves from one organiza- tion to another.” READ THE NOTICE: is.gd/FCW_eOPF Trending in annual cost avoidance is being attributed to FedRAMP $70 million LaVerne Council, the new CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has assembled a team charged with developing a cybersecurity plan for the agency. The new Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy Team will be led by Susan McHugh-Polley, a senior executive program manager at VA. The team includes executives and subject-matter experts from VA’s Office of Information and Technology. “The team’s scope includes manage- ment of current cybersecurity efforts as well as development and review of VA’s cybersecurity requirements and operations holistically — from desk- top to software to network protection,” a VA spokesperson told FCW. A summary of the plan will be made public once it is completed and pre- sented to Congress, the spokesperson added. The plan is due to be completed in 45 days, according to an article in FedScoop, which first reported on VA’s new cybersecurity effort. The current strategy, dubbed “defense-in-depth,” uses the Einstein 3 network-protection system offered by the Department of Homeland Secu- rity as its perimeter defense. Addition- al layers of protection surround local networks, devices, data centers and servers. Stephen Warren, who served as acting CIO at VA for more than two years, published monthly reports on intrusion detection under Einstein 3, as well as potential data loss as a result of mishandled files and lost or stolen computer equipment. Warren left VA at the end of August for the CIO position at the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. According to a fact sheet released in July, the department has encrypted all of the more than 438,000 laptops and desktops on its network, and has decreased its critical or high vulner- abilities by 71 percent. Despite some gains, VA’s inspec- tor general gave the agency a failing grade on information security in the most recent security audit because of multiple outstanding recommendations going unfulfilled over several years. VA’s most recent public report — for June 2015 — said 2,076 veterans had been affected as a result of mishandled information. None of the potential data loss inci- dents were the result of cyberattacks, according to the report. — Adam Mazmanian VA launches cybersecurity strategy squad Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 6:11AM-5Aug2015 Mike Rogers @RepMikeRogers Reply Retweet Favorite Now our own government is going to work against itself for God only knows how long, again... more via @FCWnow: http://bit.ly/1HnMwzU 10 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 0830fcw_003-011.indd 10 8/12/15 9:10 AM
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