Air Force launches bug bounty program

The Air Force launched its own bug bounty program Wednesday dubbed “Hack the Air Force.”

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Box receives DOD Level 4 cloud authorization

by Billy Mitchell • 3 hours ago

Box has received authorization for its cloud platform to handle more sensitive Defense Department data, the storage and file-sharing company announced Wednesday.

Agencies look to digital personal assistants to lay foundation for self-service

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 hours ago

A pilot program is taking shape that seeks to help agencies integrate their public information into digital personal assistants like Amazon's Alexa in hopes of laying a foundation for self-service access by people at home, in their cars and more.

Air Force invests millions in cyberweapons projects

by FedScoop Staff • 4 hours ago

The Air Force awarded multimillion-dollar projects to three of the largest U.S. defense contractors in the past month to boost American offensive power in the cyber domain.

How tech convergence will drive IT transformation in government

by FedScoop Staff • 6 hours ago

Federal chief technologists at Dell EMC and Intel highlight how new IT infrastructure services and business models offer agencies fresh alternatives to transform and secure their enterprise IT operations. Federal chief technologists at Dell EMC and Intel highlight how new IT infrastructure services and business models offer agencies fresh alternatives to transform and secure their enterprise IT operations.

Trump administration to make IT modernization an ‘imperative,’ says former SSA CIO Rob Klopp

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 day ago

The Trump administration will make agencies fund IT modernization from within, says the former federal IT official.

Gov Actually Episode 11: How Regulation Works

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

Susan Dudley, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulation Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, joins hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangerlini to discuss the regulatory process and the shift — if any — in high-profile regulations under the newly inaugurated Trump administration.

Former OPM head Beth Cobert named CEO of workforce initiative Skillful

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 days ago

The management specialist asked to help the Office of Personnel Management respond to a major data breach will now lead an initiative out of Colorado designed to connect Americans to middle-skill, good paying jobs.

U.S. Coast Guard seeks ideas for its own EHR system

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 days ago

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for a solution to digitize its electronic health records that would be more interoperable with Defense and Veterans Affairs' systems.

White House: Cybersecurity EO is close, will be ‘intertwined’ with IT modernization

by FedScoop Staff • 2 days ago

The Trump administration is “close” to unveiling its cybersecurity executive order and is carefully aligning its policy in that area with plans for modernizing federal IT networks, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Robert Joyce said Monday in his first public comments since taking office.

Apple exec Dave Levy to join AWS

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

Levy, a 12-year veteran heading government sales for Apple, is slated to lead AWS' business with federal agencies as vice president of the U.S. federal sector.

For federal workloads, not all clouds are created equal

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

Sponsored Content: Nutanix Federal Vice President Chris Howard discusses why not all agency workloads are best fit for the public cloud.

DHS picks Mississippi university for drone testing

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

The Department of Homeland Security has selected Mississippi State University as the new base of operations for its drone research and development.

New DARPA program seeks cybersecurity through hardware design

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

Pentagon scientists say they could stop 40 percent of current cyberattacks by producing secure computer chips.

Top procurement officials bullish Trump will continue innovative acquisition reforms

by Billy Mitchell • 5 days ago

The Trump administration is poised to continue leaning on the innovative practices introduced under President Barack Obama, particularly as agencies' budgets are set to be cut, leading federal procurement officials said Thursday.

Boundless wins $36 million contract from intelligence agency

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 days ago

Open GIS company Boundless is set to provide services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the tune of $36 million, the company announced this week.

Government is one step closer to a one-stop shop for FOIA requesters

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 days ago

Digital services group 18F will help develop the government's centralized portal for Freedom of Information Act requests, according to the Department of Justice's Office of Information Policy, which will collaborate on the project.

Senate IT systems ‘far behind’ on cybersecurity, lawmaker says

by FedScoop Staff • 6 days ago

The U.S. Senate is “far behind when it comes to implementing basic cybersecurity practices," a senior lawmaker charged in a letter to his colleagues Thursday.

How Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts fits in with other efforts to detail government spending

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 days ago

A new site launched this week to help citizens get a look at revenue and spending across America's federal, state and local governments. But an upcoming deadline for agencies to start reporting their spending data the same way could make the site better — or at least make it easier for its team to find the data.

DARPA wants to teach machines to handle new situations like ‘biological systems’ do

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

The military agency wants ways to build "substantially more capable systems that are continually improving and updating from experience."

ICYMI: Government has a technology problem

by Andrew McMahon • 1 week ago

In this contributed commentary, DCode42's Andrew McMahon dives into the looming issues that plague government technology.

Cybersecurity takes a quiet role in DHS secretary’s loose outline of priorities

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly laid out the new administration’s priorities for his department Tuesday, listing cybersecurity alongside defending the nation’s borders and stopping terrorist attacks — but providing far fewer details about the online defensive mission than about the other two.

Obama CTO Todd Park joins New America board

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Todd Park, former U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama, has joined New America's board of directors.

Trump White House to reverse proactive visitor-log posting policy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration said it will break with an Obama administration policy that proactively released most White House visitor logs online — a practice the former administration had held up as evidence of its commitment to transparency and opening government data.

How the FBI gets frontline intelligence about what’s on the dark web

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

A cadre of former intelligence officers is lurking on the dark recesses of the internet on behalf of federal law enforcement and a shortlist of wealthy clients.

Homeland Security’s cyber tool finds huge amount of ‘shadow IT’ in agencies

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

New cybersecurity tools being deployed across the U.S. government found huge numbers of uncatalogued and unmanaged computer devices connected to federal networks, necessitating urgent modifications to many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts.

Veterans Affairs explores commercial cloud migration for health records — VistA-as-a-Service

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The VA proposes migrating its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture, better known as VistA, to a COTS, software-as-a-service platform.

OMB’s plan for government reform: Business as usual for IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The Office of Management and Budget ended the governmentwide hiring freeze Wednesday with the release of new guidance, a "comprehensive plan for reforming the federal government and reducing the federal civilian workforce."

Veterans Affairs launches wait-time and quality-transparency tool

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The tool is meant to give veterans better access to wait times and quality data, in turn increasing VA's accountability to provide timely and thorough care.

CenturyLink wins VoIP contract potentially worth $6 million-plus

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The telecom company is set to provide voice-over-internet-protocol service and a hosted contact center to the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

One way to keep government stocked with qualified CIOs: Groom them at OMB first

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

A group including lawmakers and former government chief information officers said the overall federal CIO could be the pivot point for attracting talented people to fill CIO positions at other agencies.

IT transformation: Getting the foundation right for better mission outcomes

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Seven steps to accelerate IT modernization and agile infrastructure.

Harvard undergraduates launch fellowship to connect students early to federal agencies

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Not every tech-savvy student at an elite college is looking for a summer internship in Silicon Valley, and if an opportunity in government is the goal, the attractive options can be scarce. A new program is looking to fix that.

NASA, AWS to stream 4K HD video from outer space

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

NASA, with the help of Amazon Web Services, will host the first live 4K Ultra HD video stream from outer space, the space agency announced Tuesday.

OPM rolls out more USAJobs updates

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The site designed to help people find government work received another upgrade.

Blackboard learning management system now hosted on AWS GovCloud

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

A learning system used by the Army, Blackboard Learn, is now available on Amazon Web Services GovCloud, Blackboard announced Monday.

Feds haven’t evaluated if efforts to counter extremism actually work, watchdog says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The federal government has been working to counter violent extremism on and off line, but has been doing so without a way to measure if its overall effort is actually helping, a watchdog said in a recent report.

NSA cyber-defense chief: ‘I have never been more busy’

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

The man responsible for leading the National Security Agency’s defensive mission says his team is fielding more calls than ever from agencies across the government.

IRS: Information of 100,000 taxpayers may have been stolen from student aid tool

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The tax-collection agency perceived as far back as September that the system could be a target but decided to keep it online.

State Department seeks information on biometric system for Mexico

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The State Department is conducting market research for a biometric system for the Government of Mexico that could interact with those of several U.S. government agencies.

DHS’s diagnostics open door to collaboration inside agencies, says Commerce official

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

The cross-cutting functionality required by the deployment of CDM tools helped Commerce get many other conversations started about ways the various parts of the department could bring its IT provisioning together.

Friction by design: FBI, DHS disagree on when to tell victims they’ve been hacked

by Chris Bing • 3 weeks ago

Competing interests exist between two of the predominant federal agencies tasked with stopping hackers from attacking the U.S., officials say, and that dynamic shapes how and when the government notifies Americans if they’ve been breached.

Federal officials say their cybersecurity paradigm is changing

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

Technologies like cloud computing are changing the way federal agencies think about cybersecurity, with more emphasis on network resilience over perimeter security and an overriding need for automation, officials said Thursday.

Trump administration to continue focus on legacy IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

The Obama administration's IT leaders focused heavily on trying to get agencies to move to the cloud, leverage shared services and above all, retire legacy systems. And so far, all signs point to the Trump administration continuing in a similar vein.

As tax day nears, IRS commissioner says taxpayer security is ‘highest priority’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wants Americans to know as they cram to file their tax forms before the mid-April deadline, the security of their information is top-of-mind.

Why IBM, AWS, others care about open government data

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

More than 80 organizations, including tech companies such as Yelp, want the government to act quickly on the OPEN Government Data Act.

‘Positive emotional experience’ is Trump aide’s vision for modernized citizen services

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

White House official Chris Liddell shared a vision for modernizing citizen services through the use of data analytics and incremental innovation, while improving cybersecurity and government technology.

Gov Actually Episode 10: ‘What have we learned?’

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

What better time to recap the past few months of Gov Actually and the transitions underway in the federal government than with the podcast's 10th episode?

Bill would require a warrant to search devices at the border

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced Tuesday a bill that would require law enforcement to get probable cause warrants before searching Americans' digital devices at the border.

What’s in the NIST cybersecurity controls catalogue update?

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

NIST Special Publication 800-53 isn’t the most exciting book, but for federal IT managers, the canonical catalogue of cybersecurity controls is like the English Hymnal and the Book of Common Prayer rolled into one. Changes to it are a very big deal.

VA looks to move past COBOL and in-house software development

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

"We're getting out of the software development business — it's not a core competency," acting VA CIO Rob Thomas said during a keynote at the 2017 GITEC Summit in Annapolis, Maryland.

AT&T creates global public sector unit, merging two existing business lines

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 weeks ago

AT&T launched its new Global Public Sector organization just days after news broke that the company was selected to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders.

To go above and beyond, government websites must first go back to basics

by John Dancy • 3 weeks ago

In this commentary, CSRA's John Dancy explains how agencies can make federal websites great again by going back to the basics.

Lawmaker calls out Pentagon for lack of encrypted email

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

A concerned senator from Oregon wrote a letter to the Pentagon's tech acquisition arm wondering why it's failed to implement a basic encryption technology to protect employees’ emails.

OPM overpaying for identity theft protections after breach, watchdog says

by Chris Bing • 4 weeks ago

A newly released report by the Government Accountability Office notes that OPM is providing coverage at a level that is “likely unnecessary” because “claims paid rarely exceed a few thousand dollars.”

IARPA director: New homomorphic crypto is ‘math magic’

by Shaun Waterman • 4 weeks ago

The latest kind of advanced encryption could soon allow classified computing to be done on unclassified computer systems, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.

General Dynamics snags contract to upgrade NATO’s IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

General Dynamics Information Technology won a contract with a potential value of about $150 million to modernize NATO's IT infrastructure, the alliance said.

IRS investigating possible breach of data retrieval tool

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The IRS is investigating how many people may have been affected by "questionable use" of its data retrieval tool.

Intelligence agency’s hackathon casts a net for food security

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

Sometimes an intelligence agency has to care about fish transport in Morocco to make progress on delivering technology-driven intelligence.

FirstNet names AT&T as vendor for $46.5 billion public safety network

by Colin Wood • 4 weeks ago

America's first nationwide interoperable wireless network for public safety finally has a builder.

USDS co-founder Erie Meyer joins Code for America

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

U.S. Digital Service co-founder Erie Meyer will continue working to improve public sector digital services — this time outside the walls of the government as a member of Code for America's leadership team.

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