Congress

Panel votes up House modernization plan

In its final meeting, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress passed 24 recommendations to improve the performance of legislative member offices and committees.

People

NIH CIO set to retire in December

Andrea Norris, currently the CIO and director of the center for information technology at the National Institutes of Health, has been in charge of the agency's tech portfolio for more than 10 years.

Acquisition

VA acquisition workforce are mostly satisfied, despite reported program issues

A large majority of acquisition staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a recent Government Accountability Office survey that they are satisfied in their current positions, despite continued issues with the VA’s acquisition programs.

Sponsor Content

The Data Security Forecast for Federal Agencies Managing Classified Data

Securing federal information is no easy task. But with the right approach and solutions, agency leaders can successfully secure crucial data.

Congress

Digital identity bill heads to the Senate floor

The Senate version referred out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee does differ from past versions of the Improving Digital Identity Act by removing the provision for a new DHS grant program.

Cybersecurity

CISA launches DNS resolution shared service

The nation's cyber defense agency is launching a new shared service offering for all federal civilian agencies to bolster governmentwide cybersecurity and help thwart emerging internet traffic threats.

Acquisition

Air Force to rethink $5.7B enterprise IT award to CACI

The service will look at conflict-of-interest allegations and how it evaluated proposals for this portion of its Enterprise IT as a Service effort.

Commentary

Avoiding 'change overload' for the federal workforce

Federal agencies need to consider the emotional reactions their employees are likely to have when told that organizational change, business process change or systems modernization is on the way.

Digital Government

The White House wants to make food assistance programs easier to use -- and tech plays a big part

Modernization and customer experience goals are folded into a new White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health that was released Tuesday.

Congress

Senate reaches a deal to avoid a shutdown, punts threat for 10 weeks

Lawmakers agree to drop controversial provisions, set up new deadline for lame duck Congress.

Cybersecurity

The U.S. is the top target of ransomware attacks, report says

The majority of ransomware attacks worldwide targeted industries that play a "critical role" in domestic and international supply chains, according to new research.

Workforce

Can apprenticeships help address the cyber workforce gap?

The push comes as part of the Labor Department's cybersecurity apprenticeship sprint, which it launched with the Department of Commerce over the summer.

Congress

Federal agencies are ignoring most building safety concerns flagged by DHS

Lawmakers raise concerns about the non-compliance in light of the recent uptick in threats against feds.

Digital Government

GSA to study demographic equity in remote identity tech

The agency plans to test the accuracy of tools like facial recognition software across different demographic groups. 

People

Archivist confirmation hearing turns to politics behind Mar-a-Lago search

Republicans seized on a traditionally "sleepy" confirmation process to draw attention to the National Archives and Records Administration's involvement in the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog dings IRS for vendor security lapses

Outdated antivirus software and missing security logs created risks for a key IRS communications platform, according to an inspector general report.

Defense

The U.S. military is buying electric jet-ski robots

Tests will see whether battery-powered personal watercraft can help with search-and-rescue

Digital Government

State Department reverses course on communications tech exports to Iran to counter regime crackdown

The U.S. State Department expanded exports to grant Iranian citizens better access to secure communications.

Digital Government

Over $45 billion in unemployment paid to fraudsters during pandemic, watchdog says

The Labor Department's Office of Inspector General says that the department needs to do more to obtain state-level unemployment insurance data to help with antifraud efforts.

Workforce

Your guide to pay and benefits during a shutdown

Although lawmakers are loath to let appropriations lapse ahead of an election, complications remain over permitting reform and other measures expected to be included in legislation to keep the government open.