Samantha Ehlinger

Samantha Ehlinger

Samantha ​Ehlinger ​covers a wide range of issues at the intersection of technology and government, from the Defense Department to the Department of Commerce. Reporting on everything from the work of the Pentagon’s digital ​SWAT​ team​,​ ​to ​the Defense Digital Service, to efforts on Capitol Hill to fund the modernization of government’s aging IT infrastructure, Samantha’s stories are shared by influential leaders in government. She has delivered scoops such as a story on President Donald Trump’s transition and stories on agencies’ implementation of IT legislation.
​Samantha's work has ​also ​appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and several McClatchy papers, including Miami Herald and The State. She was a part of a McClatchy investigative team for the “Irradiated” project on nuclear worker conditions, which won a McClatchy President’s Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

Defense

Mattis looks to explore IT, cyber consolidation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 hours ago

President Donald Trump's new defense secretary is looking for ways to consolidate across the department certain business activities, such as information technology and cybersecurity.

Tech

Employees lack clear confidant for discussing data removal, former official says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 day ago

At a time when some worry that federal scientific data will be removed from government websites, a former Obama-era Commerce Department official said Saturday he didn't know of a clear path for career officials to alert people to those problems.

Tech

‘Assault on fundamental rights’ to demand social media passwords at border, coalition says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 day ago

Mandating certain non-citizens give up their social media passwords as a condition of entry into the country would undermine their security and privacy, a group of tech and civil liberties organizations said Monday.

Transition

‘All of our federal data assets are currently at risk’ — here’s how people are trying to protect them

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 days ago

A group of coders, librarians, scientists, storytellers and others passionate about data came together at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to help preserve federal data some worry could disappear during the Trump administration.

Tech

Report: Two Interior Department agencies riddled with IT vulnerabilities

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 days ago

Thousands of critical and high-risk vulnerabilities were identified on IT assets at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education, according to an inspector general report released to the public.

Acquisition

FedRAMP drafts ‘Tailored’ approach to authorizing low-risk applications

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 days ago

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) unveiled Thursday the first draft of another tool it will add to its kit — a way to more efficiently authorize low-risk cloud services.

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