Digital Government

Senate committee advances open source software and digital identity bills

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved 24 bills on Wednesday, many of which aim to secure federal systems and enhance government operations around data management and digital identity.


Why formal government communications work better than informal ones

A study looks at how expectations of government style influence how citizens respond to messaging.


Another Democrat joins chorus of concerns about CBP’s mobile app

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the latest to express concerns about CBP's mobile application and its role in the asylum process. 

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Shift Left: Achieving Secure Application Modernization with DevSecOps

Learn how new development methodologies, such as DevOps, have offered agencies significant advantages in recent years by shortening the timeline of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC).


CISA director says agency is working on cyber workforce gaps

From leveraging new hiring authorities to reskilling and training initiatives, Jen Easterly said CISA plans to reduce its job vacancies to less than 8% by 2024. 


NASA plans to consolidate cloud contracts

Several existing cloud contracts will be combined into a $685M small business vehicle under NASA's Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement.


ODNI official details efforts to use automation to speed talent recruitment timelines

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s assistant director for human capital said the agency is looking to recruit blue chip talent in former college athletes, and is leveraging technology to speed up hiring. 

Digital Government

Planned Login-dot-gov deployment at IRS is postponed

The decision comes after concerns about implementing the sign-on service during tax season.


White House bans government 'operational' use of commercial spyware in executive order

The Biden administration hopes the ban on government use of commercial spyware will serve as a model for other countries to help stem the proliferation of surreptitious surveillance tools.


Veterans Affairs committee Dems offer bills to streamline VA operations

The two proposals would seek to consolidate business functions at the agency and independently verify and validate IT modernization efforts.

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Why Intelligent Privilege Controls are Essential for Identity Security Access

Organizations are facing a constant onslaught of identity-related attacks. The solution for getting a handle on the chaos? Identity Security.


Senators try again to advance software license bill

Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have brought back the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act with a few new changes after the proposal came up short last fall.


Consumer Product Safety Commission failed to complete mandated future of work plan, report says

The agency tasked with preventing unreasonable risks of injury and death from consumer products has not yet completed a required plan that considers post-pandemic office reentry and property management strategies, according to an inspector general's report. 

Digital Government

New federal website offers grants info and research to counter domestic terrorism 

The Department of Homeland Security hopes a new website will serve as a one-stop shop for visitors aiming to prevent targeted violence and domestic terrorism with a slew of local and national federal resources.


Industry reps like CISA's public-private cybersecurity collaborative, but offer tips on how to scale it

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) noted in the hearing that CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative lacks a charter or membership criteria and previewed a forthcoming bill to “clarify activities of the JCDC.”


FTC seeks info on cloud computing market’s influence

The Federal Trade Commission is asking for public feedback about the market power of cloud computing providers, among other information.


Soldiers can now steer robot dogs with brain signals

A small sensor tucked neatly behind the ear allowed soldiers to mentally guide robotic quadrupeds.

IT Modernization

IRS Taxpayer Advocate says Congress shortchanged IT modernization efforts

Lawmakers didn’t allocate the $80 billion provided to the IRS in the right way, claims National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins, adding that IT modernization and taxpayer services aren’t getting the money they need.


DISA wants a new platform to oversee diverse cloud networks

The agency is looking to quickly prototype an on-premise infrastructure to help manage a range of disparate compute environments amid the stand-up of the JWCC cloud contract.


Public sector work equals high job satisfaction

A new workforce survey reveals what employees love about the public sector, and what’s driving them away.