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Experts want clarity among potential IoT regulations

by Sonia Schmidt • 8 hours ago

A new report from the Government Accountability Office that lays out the security risks, possible economic ramifications and other implications of IoT.

Senators push for movement on modernization bill

by Billy Mitchell • 11 hours ago

A bipartisan group of senators tells the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that swift approval of the bill would "advance our shared goal of preserving national security and ensuring that the federal government uses taxpayer dollars wisely."

Citizenship office wants ‘Emma’ to help you

by Ryan Johnston • 11 hours ago

To supplement online inquiries and support online customers, USCIS developed a new virtual assistant to help online customers navigate uscis.gov.

New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data

by Ryan Johnston • 12 hours ago

The new website consolidates information while providing new tools for journalists, campaigns and the general public.

U.S. is getting better fighting ISIS online

by FedScoop Staff • 1 day ago

The commanding general of Army Cyber Command said this week the U.S. military has gotten better at countering ISIS’s digital operations over the last six months.

Think of the Tech Modernization Fund as seed money, GSA head says

by Billy Mitchell • 1 day ago

"The government spends $80 billion a year on IT and most of that investment is for maintenance on outdate systems," Tim Horne said. "So $228 million is a way to ... start chipping away."

CSRA snags $266 million EPA IT support contract

by Cassandra Stephenson • 1 day ago

The tech company will develop and operate next-generation IT support for Environmental Protection Agency research facilities and locations nationwide.

Obama chief data scientist: Trumpcare health plan would ‘cripple’ precision medicine

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

DJ Patil argues that Trumpcare would threaten the country's ability to leverage data to advance medical science, particularly in the fight against major diseases like cancer.

Standalone U.S. Cyber Command would take big budget bump, Adm. Mike Rogers says

by FedScoop Staff • 2 days ago

The U.S. Cyber Command would need a 16 percent increase in its budget to separate itself from the NSA and become a full-fledged combatant command, Adm. Mike Rogers told House lawmakers Tuesday.

Committee explores ways to limit Social Security number use in agencies

by Cassandra Stephenson • 3 days ago

Witnesses from several federal agencies reported on progress in the reduction of social security number use in the face of increasing hacking and data breach threats.

DHS cyber sees big boost in Trump budget request

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

DHS would get a big boost for its cybersecurity programs if Trump's budget were to stick.

States are sizing up FirstNet alternatives

by Colin Wood • 3 days ago

What began as a federal IT project to support the nation's first responders has devolved into a turf war over who will control the radio waves.

Trump budget requests $228M for central IT modernization fund

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

The budget plan calls for the General Services Administration to house a $228 million tech modernization fund — a small sliver of its total request of $95.7 billion for governmentwide IT spending next year.

Government not ‘sitting on hundreds of zero days,’ former NSA official says

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

“We disclose something like 90 percent of the vulnerabilities we find,” said Richard Ledgett.

SBA to stop buying on-premise IT

by Cassandra Stephenson • 4 days ago

SBA plans to move fully to the cloud in coming years, its deputy CIO told FedScoop.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning not a distant reality for agencies

by FedScoop Staff • 4 days ago

Check out FedScoop's special report on artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in the federal government.

National Blue Alert Network for police will borrow concept from AMBER Alerts

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

The Department of Justice and other Cabinet-level agencies will support a rapid-alert system for potential threats to law enforcement officers.

CIO must expand role in Homeland Security’s FITARA implementation, GAO says

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

The department has made solid progress on implementing FITARA, but the office of the chief information officer could be doing more, a new report says.

Federal agencies are $3.3B short of data storage savings goals

by Grayson Ullman • 1 week ago

The 24 agencies participating in the Data Center Optimization Initiative have saved only about $650 million of their collective $4 billion goal.

Think of FirstNet as ‘ecosystem’ for software developers, board member Takai says

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

The $46.5 billion network being developed by AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will have apps and functionality that cannot even be envisioned today, one of its board members said Wednesday.

Veterans Affairs awards $19.6M for mobile scheduling system

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Document Storage Systems won the award April 14 to provide its commercial off-the-shelf ForSite2020 scheduling software, which will allow veterans to schedule appointments on a computer or mobile device.

PATCH Act looks to codify vulnerabilities equities process

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

A new bill introduced Wednesday would add transparency to a controversial oversight framework currently used by federal agencies known as the Vulnerabilities Equities Process.

Acting U.S. CIO touts 2015 cyber sprint as agencies go unaffected by WannaCry

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Margie Graves credits the 2015 project with boosting agencies' basic cyber-hygiene and limiting WannaCry from wreaking havoc on federal agencies.

Federal employees get the green light to expense ridesharing

by Grayson Ullman • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump signed the Modernizing Government Travel Act, which paves the way for federal workers to receive reimbursement for official travel on Uber, Lyft and even Capital Bikeshare.

Virginia governor calls on Congress for bipartisan cybersecurity plan

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

The governor of Virginia urged Congress Wednesday to see past part politics to create a meaningful cybersecurity plan for the good of the nation.

NIST introduces latest draft of cyber framework

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

The latest version of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework will be “backwards compatible,” a NIST official said Tuesday.

Revised modernization bill passes House, heads to Senate

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, passed by voice vote, and the lawmaker is confident it will move quickly through the Senate.

OMB to take central role implementing cyber executive order, acting U.S. CIO says

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

The White House Office of Management and Budget will be at the center of the Trump administration’s move to modernize and secure federal computer networks, the government’s senior-most IT official said Wednesday.

CIA running internal ‘Shark Tank’ pitch competitions

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

The Central Intelligence Agency is using pitch competitions similar to the TV show “Shark Tank” to spur the development of cutting-edge intelligence gathering technologies.

First federal WannaCry infection hits Army machine

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

White House officials said Monday the WannaCry ransomware hadn't affected any federal systems, but it appears a machine tied to an IP address associated with the Army Research Laboratory was infected.

HHS developing cyber guidelines for health industry

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

The Department of Health and Human Services has started compiling principles and best practices for cybersecurity in health care.

Sen. Warner wants reassurance on federal patching against WannaCry

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote to federal officials this week asking for details about how agencies patched their systems to protect against the WannaCry ransomware.

Social Security Administration adds second factor to web login

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Starting June 10, the website will require users to receive a one-time code on their phone or via email and enter it while logging in with their usual username and password.

Gov Actually Episode 12: Martin O’Malley on leading and managing the government of the future

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Gov Actually podcast is back this week with a very special guest: former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Modernization bill gets new $500M price tag prior to House vote

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Congressional Budget Office issued a cost estimate of $500 million over a five-year window for the bill by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.

5 things to know about ARPA-E

by Grayson Ullman • 2 weeks ago

The multimillion-dollar agency has been targeted for closure by the Trump administration, but Congress seems inclined to keep it thriving.

Trump appoints GSA cyber and tech adviser

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

President Donald Trump appointed Corey Cooke as the senior adviser for cyber and technology to the administrator of the General Services Administration.

GSA partners with HackerOne for first federal civilian bug bounty

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Defense Department and several military services have initiated bug bounties in the past two years, but GSA is the first to engage in the trend on the civilian side.

Report: AI could save agencies $41B annually

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Many worry that artificial intelligence and robots could begin taking jobs away from humans. But in the federal government, these new technologies could mean billions in savings for agencies, according to a new report.

Trump’s cyber order pushes for modernized IT shared services

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Agency heads are required to "show preference in their procurement for shared IT services," such as email, cloud and cybersecurity services.

Amy Northcutt, CIO of National Science Foundation, passes away at 57

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Amy Northcutt, CIO of the National Science Foundation, died May 6 at age 57.

DHS takes home slew of government infosec awards

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

DHS staff or former staff won four of six government slots at the awards, dished out by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)².

Are we there yet? How close is the U.S. to a modern, interoperable public safety network?

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The nation is on the brink of launching an interoperable and modern national public safety network — but there's still work to be done.

Oversight seeks answers from Treasury on DATA Act implementation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to know how the Treasury Department is tackling problems that crop up during implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.

DARPA wants you to help explore next-gen radio uses

by Grayson Ullman • 2 weeks ago

The Software Defined Radio Hackfest aims to engage global scientific and engineering communities in charting the future of radio.

Cyber Command not prepared to counter info operations, Rogers says

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

The U.S. Cyber Command is not “optimized” to combat information operations orchestrated by foreign powers, its leader testified Tuesday.

Executive branch websites slow to load? Legislative sites are slower, new data shows

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

Research out of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that legislative branch websites performed worse overall than other federal websites on tests for things like accessibility and page load speed.

To recruit cyber talent, feds must make up elsewhere what jobs lack in pay, survey says

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

On average, federal agencies pay $7,000 less to their cyber personnel than in other industries, according to the eighth biannual Global Information Security Workforce Study.

IBM bolsters security software training program for vets

by Grayson Ullman • 3 weeks ago

The expansion of the Veteran Employment Accelerator Initiative comes as IBM has pledged to hire 2,000 veterans by 2020.

FCC claims overnight DDoS attacks

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

At about midnight Sunday night, the FCC experienced "deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host," according to a statement Monday afternoon from CIO David Bray.

The biggest cybersecurity threat facing federal agencies is legacy IT

by John Low • 3 weeks ago

In this guest contribution, Phase One's John Low discusses how federal IT modernization and cybersecurity are one and the same.

Lawmakers call for flexibility in hiring cybersecurity pros without 4-year degrees

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

A group of cyber-focused Democrats on Capitol Hill wants agencies to be more flexible in hiring cybersecurity specialists who don't have a completed four-year degree.

Technical concerns continue to muddle IoT’s long-term promise

by Wyatt Kash • 3 weeks ago

Industry needs to focus on securing Internet-of-Things devices, and reengineer the networks they are relying on, say experts.

Pentagon automating its Cybersecurity Scorecard

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The department is looking to release the Cybersecurity Scorecard 2.0 in the near future to replace the "static," self-reported version, said acting DOD CIO John Zangardi.

DHS says it needs more authority to secure mobile networks

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

The Department of Homeland Security needs more authority over mobile telephone networks to properly do its job of securing federal IT systems against hackers.

Obama’s foundation plots digital-first archive in lieu of presidential library

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Obama Foundation and the National Archives and Records Administration will work together to digitize the the president's unclassified physical records "to the greatest extent possible."

Can the press and Congress fix government’s technology problem?

by Andrew McMahon • 3 weeks ago

In this contributed commentary, DCode42's Andrew McMahon explores how the press and Congress can help government overcome its technology problem.

Former DHS exec Schneck takes financial consulting role

by FedScoop Staff • 3 weeks ago

Schneck, the most senior official with a cybersecurity-specific job at the Obama-era DHS, told friends that she started last week.

The case for multi-factor authentication in NIST’s cyber framework

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

“Right now, you have a situation where Teen Vogue is recommending [two-factor identity authentication, or] 2FA and the [National Institute for Standards and Technology] Cybersecurity Framework isn’t."

Windows 10 deployment remains top-of-mind for Pentagon CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Moving the entirety of the Pentagon and the various military branches to the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system is still at the top of the Defense Department CIO's to-do list after the office missed the goal for departmentwide deployment earlier this year.