Congress

Foster still has his eye on digital identity bill in the new Congress

A digital identity verification proposal from Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) didn’t escape the last Congress, but the legislator says that he intends to reintroduce the bill, which would have implications for how the government verifies citizens online.

Cybersecurity

Hackers used legit remote monitoring software to hack agency networks

Guidance from the National Security Agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency describe a phishing attack on a federal employee that used fake help desk domains to gain access to at least two federal civilian executive branch networks.

Sponsor Content

Network as a Service (NaaS): Keys to Successful Implementation

Verizon and GovExec recently joined experts to discuss how federal agencies, representing both civilian and defense, are adapting networks to keep objectives on track as they seek to support hybrid and remote work models.

Workforce

GSA opens workplace innovation lab, a coworking space for federal employees

The new lab within the General Services Administration’s headquarters features state-of-the-art office technology and furniture crafted to help reimagine federal agencies' future of workspaces

Acquisition

Lawmakers want GAO to assess risk of government contractors working for China

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers cited national security risks and warned of significant conflicts of interest over private firms working for both the U.S. and Chinese governments. 

Workforce

USAID seeks contractor input on new STEM fellowship program

The U.S. Agency for International Development is aiming to launch a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fellowship program to help build more pathways for skilled talent to enter the federal workforce.

Acquisition

GSA wants nominations for its new FedRAMP committee

The new Federal Security Cloud Advisory Committee, mandated by the FedRAMP authorization bill passed late last year, will offer recommendations on the cloud security assessment program.

Congress

GAO pegs unemployment insurance fraud tally at more than $60 billion

At the same time, the congressional watchdog cautioned that governmentwide fraud estimates are potentially dicey.

Cybersecurity

Fourth time around for vulnerability disclosure bill

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is taking yet another stab at getting the executive branch to tell Congress more about its process of disclosing (or stockpiling) zero-day bugs.

Sponsor Content

Required Application Security Testing for Federal Agencies

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Digital Government

'Taxpayer Advocate' pushes for IRS to make its own free, direct e-file system

A new report calls the current e-file program, a collaboration between private tax prep companies and the IRS, greatly underutilized and advises the agency to develop a new system.

Defense

Defense industry decries possible GOP-led spending cuts

Trade group letter begs lawmakers to avoid another sequestration deal.

IT Modernization

FAA attributes ground-stop glitch to contractor error

The agency said there is no evidence of a cyberattack or malicious intent behind last week's system outage.

Acquisition

NDAA’s cloud cyber-testing provision marks another hefty DOD compliance lift, analyst says 

Section 1553 of the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill will require all DOD cloud contracts to include provisions that allow the department to access and test systems housing classified data.

Commentary

Making risk work for you

Why cybersecurity risk management requires more than just threat mitigation.

People

The 2022 Federal 100

Meet the women and men being honored for their exceptional contributions to federal IT in 2021.

IT Modernization

New HHS data strategy is coming in 'weeks,' CIO says

Data sharing within HHS and beyond the department are still sore spots, but the hope is that a new data strategy could help. 

Cybersecurity

CISA hires Navy cyber expert to help oversee vulnerability management

The cybersecurity agency selected U.S. Fleet Cyber Command veteran Sandy Radesky to serve as its associate director of vulnerability management Wednesday.

Cybersecurity

CISA’s chief of technology strategy stepping down ‘much earlier’ than expected

Cyber expert Daniel Bardenstein said he was leaving his post at the nation’s cyber defense agency for “a unique opportunity.”