White House preps to change the way agencies go online | FCW


The policy update will help support the migration to cloud, said Federal CIO Suzette Kent. With the new TIC in place, “agencies are preparing for work in 2019 as they now have a clear policy path,” Kent said.

The federal CIO’s office recently put out an updated data center optimization policy draft and a revised policy on ID management. The Office of Management and Budget also recently released updated guidance on identifying and protecting high value assets.

Kent cited progress in cloud adoption. In the last year, she said, cloud email migration among agencies went from 40 percent to 70 percent.

Source: White House preps to change the way agencies go online — FCW

Americans Value Critical Thinking But Choose Not To Practice It | GovExec.com


If a lack of civility in public discourse is the problem, a lack of critical thinking may be partly to blame.

recent study by the Reboot Foundation, which was founded to fund research on critical thinking and develop resources for parents and schools, concluded that while the American public claims to engage with opposing views, people don’t actually do so in practice.

Only 25% of people are willing to regularly have debates with people who disagree with them; roughly the same share says that they regularly avoid talking to people with opposing views.

It is hard to build critical-thinking muscles when they are engaged simply to confirm one’s own existing beliefs.

Source: Americans Value Critical Thinking But Choose Not To Practice It – Management Matters – Management – GovExec.com

Where Huawei Fears to Tread | Light Reading


It took Huawei about 28 years to become the world’s biggest supplier to communications service providers. Founded in 1987, it finally overtook the 139-year-old Ericsson in 2015.

But its loss of the coveted top spot could happen in a relative heartbeat. (See How the West Can Hurt Huawei and Huawei: New King of the CSP Market.)

Government authorities or operators in six countries, including a few of the world’s biggest economies, have now restricted Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in some manner, supposedly out of concern that Chinese vendors are a threat to security.

Source: Where Huawei Fears to Tread | Light Reading

Evangelical Christians Helped Elect Donald Trump, but Their Time as a Major Political Force Is Coming to an End


Since the 1970s, white evangelicals have formed the backbone of the Republican base.

But as younger members reject the vitriolic partisanship of the Trump era and leave the church, that base is getting smaller and older.

The numbers are stark: Twenty years ago, just 46 percent of white evangelical Protestants were older than 50; now, 62 percent are above 50. The median age of white evangelicals is 55.

Only 10 percent of Americans under 30 identify as white evangelicals.

The exodus of youth is so swift that demographers now predict that evangelicals will likely cease being a major political force in presidential elections by 2024.

Source: Evangelical Christians Helped Elect Donald Trump, but Their Time as a Major Political Force Is Coming to an End

CrossFit’s founder Greg Glassman is amassing a doctor army to disrupt health care | Vox


Patient after patient would stream into her clinic with diabetes, weight problems, and heart disease. Ronda Rockett followed the medical guidelines, recommending healthier diets and more exercise. But despite her best efforts — even texting and emailing motivational follow-ups — many failed to change at all, either because they didn’t want to or didn’t have the means.

In 2013, eager to try something new, Rockett decided to quit medicine and close up her practice. What she did next, she says, is the most meaningful contribution to health care she’s made to date. She opened a CrossFit gym.

CrossFit is a high-intensity interval training and resistance exercise routine known for instilling a cult-like devotion among followers and promoting the low-carb diet.

Source: CrossFit’s founder Greg Glassman is amassing a doctor army to disrupt health care – Vox

The Biggest Password Mistakes of 2018 | Nextgov


On Wednesday, digital security company Dashlane released its third annual list of the “Worst Password Offenders.”

Kanye West tops the list for his iPhone passcode of 000000, which he displayed in full view of television cameras in the Oval Office. But just behind him is the Pentagon, which made the list for a GAO report that discovered the vulnerabilities plaguing U.S. weapons systems.

Coming in at number 7 is the White House. The administration made the list this year because of one particular staffer who left his email password at a Washington, D.C., bus stop.

Other high profile organizations like the United Nations and Google also made the list.

Source: The Biggest Password Mistakes of 2018 – Nextgov

Why Russian Nuclear Bombers Are in Venezuela | Time


The Tu-160 bombers were manufactured at the end of the Cold War and are among the most advanced strategic bombers in the world. They are capable of flying at twice the speed of sound and carrying both conventional and nuclear-armed cruise missiles that have a range of more than 3,400 miles.

“This is Russia trying to force the U.S. to say, ‘listen, if you withdraw from this and if you make these moves in Europe, we will make these moves as well,’” says Diego Moya-Ocampos, a Venezuela analyst for IHS Markit.

Source: Why Russian Nuclear Bombers Are in Venezuela | Time

Vulnerable Island Countries Step Up at Climate Change Conference | Time


The ongoing negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement aren’t going well. The world’s largest economies and top greenhouse emitters remain mired in decades-old arguments about who is responsible for addressing climate change and its impacts.

Now, a group of small island nations have stepped in to save themselves.

Countries like Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Marshall Islands aren’t your typical geopolitical movers and shakers, but here at the United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland these highly vulnerable countries have managed to reshape discussions with a simple but poignant reminder:

if the world fails to halt global warming they may disappear for good.

Source: Vulnerable Island Countries Step Up at Climate Change Conference | Time

An Upheaval at the Ends of the World | GovExec.com


The pristine environments at both poles of the Earth are changing, perhaps irreversibly, according to a new pair of federal studies.

On Monday, a new NASA report warned that ancient glaciers in Antarctica are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could eventually raise sea levels.

The following day, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its new Arctic Report Card, which finds that the top of the world is also thawing, melting, and breaking down.

The Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth unlike any period on record,” the report says.

Source: An Upheaval at the Ends of the World – Management – GovExec.com

Why The Agile Workplace Must Include AI And Humans


What should the workforce of the future look like?

Unlike today’s model, it will be made up of three distinct types of “workers”: traditional (full- and part-time), agile (gig, contract, project-based) and artificial intelligence (automation technology).

I believe, within the next few years, about 40% of a business’s workforce should consist of a mix of agile and AI workers.

Source: Why The Agile Workplace Must Include AI And Humans