Defense

Microsoft, defense firms partnering on modeling and simulation capabilities

Microsoft is collaborating with defense sector companies as DOD seeks to increase its gaming, exercising, modeling and simulation capabilities.

Cybersecurity

Majority of defense contractors fail to implement critical cybersecurity requirements, report says

A new report reveals that many contractors working for the Department of Defense have failed to implement required cybersecurity measures.

Digital Government

White House says an anticipated executive order on identity theft is coming, here’s what experts want in it

Although stakeholders have big wish lists for the anticipated proposal, few details are known about what the White House expects to include.

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Digital Government

White House considering pilot program to improve public interaction with federal data 

U.S. Chief Data Scientist Denice Ross said the pilot program would create a feedback loop between the public and federal agencies to make data sets more accessible and utilized.

Workforce

DOD wants cyber apprenticeships for contractors, but acquisition regs may remain an obstacle

DOD officials say contractors should increase the use of registered cyber apprenticeships, but some companies argue that federal contract requirements often lock them into education and experience prerequisites.

IT Modernization

Treasury selects commercial vendor for financial shared services market

CGI Federal will join three of the Treasury Department's shared services providers to offer financial management system software through a central marketplace for federal agencies.

Cybersecurity

Report finds Census Bureau lacks ‘effective cybersecurity posture’ after red team hack

A new inspector general report details how government-contracted hackers managed to gain covert access to Census Bureau systems in a simulated attack against the federal agency.

Commentary

Loving guns, hating the government

In the wake of recent mass shootings, Steve Kelman explores the reasons why some are resistant to assault weapons bans and how it may stem from an aversion to the federal government.

Congress

House modernization committee offers final recommendations

The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress passed its final seven recommendations ahead of the final month of the 117th Congress, among them a suggestion to continue its work as a permanent subcommittee.

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Cybersecurity

What do industry and cybersecurity experts want in the upcoming national cyber strategy?

The White House has been working with a range of industry stakeholders and cybersecurity experts on a forthcoming plan that could transform America’s cyber landscape. Here’s what they hope makes it into the new strategy.

Digital Government

Login.gov is getting new anti-fraud tools, but privacy advocate raises concerns 

GSA is taking comments on a Federal Register notice detailing new fraud prevention and identity verification efforts through Dec. 21.

Congress

Trade groups urge Congress to pass digital identity bill

To make it to the President’s desk, the Improving Digital Identity Act would have to advance through a lame duck session alongside big-ticket to-do items like the annual defense policy and federal appropriations bills. 

Cybersecurity

IG dings State Department's information security program in annual report

The State Department Office of the Inspector General says it found weaknesses in eight of nine domains in an audit of the department's information security program.

Cybersecurity

Warner calls TikTok an 'enormous threat'

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the U.S. regulators have a "huge mountain to climb" when it comes to reducing risks from the massively popular, China-owned social media app.

Defense

Ukraine is getting nervous about Elon Musk

Kyiv is looking for alternatives to Musk’s Starlink internet terminals and worrying about rising misinformation on Twitter.

Digital Government

FCC's new National Broadband Map offers granular look at service and gaps

The draft release kicks off a process where states, localities and the general public can challenge inaccuracies. The new data will be crucial in guiding how the federal government divides billions in broadband funding between states.

Acquisition

Software inventory bill could move in the lame duck session

House lawmakers introduced a companion bill to bipartisan Senate legislation designed to improve the efficiency of federal agency software management.