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Report: CBP lacks 'clear authority' to collect SSNs for system access

U.S. Customs and Border Protection derives employee and contractor IT systems passwords from user Social Security numbers. But the agency may not have the authority to collect that personally identifiable information, according to a privacy report.

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New Labor Department employment portal targets veterans

The Labor Department is officially launching a "first stop" website to bring together the resources of multiple agencies for job-seeking veterans.

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Agencies unveil plan to encourage development of smart gun technology

New report outlines a strategy to encourage the development and use of smart gun technology by government, with the goal of reducing gun violence.

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Supreme Court OKs expanded hacking power for FBI

Congress has until Dec. 1 to alter an administrative procedure change that would allow U.S. judges to issue warrants for the FBI to hack into computers outside U.S. jurisdiction.

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USDS-built web app seeks to help with student loans

As part of a new initiative to modernize student loan repayment, the U.S. Digital Service designed a web app that breaks down options for borrowers.

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Senate VA bill looks to change agency culture, accelerate termination for cause

A new bill would make it easier for the VA secretary to fire executives and rank-and-file employees.

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GAO: SEC needs to follow its own security plan

A new GAO report says the SEC's financial data could be accessed by former or disgruntled employees unless proper access management controls are instituted.

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HPC boosters back FITARA exemption for national labs

At a Capitol Hill conference, high-performance computer operators and vendors said the powerful machines should not be categorized as garden-variety IT for the purposes of procurement.

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Vendors cry foul on Halvorsen's Windows 10 recommendation

DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen has said he does not formally endorse the operating system, but software vendors believe his praise amounts to an endorsement.

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Why OPM is prioritizing higher education for feds

A new training push might be equipping feds with skills that could help them jump to the private sector, but one leader says that's okay.

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More modern IT could keep SSA from mailing out Social Security numbers

The Social Security Administration's internal watchdog said modernization would help the agency keep personally identifiable information out of mailings to beneficiaries.

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DHS set for new wave of IT hiring

DHS is developing an IT/cybersecurity-specific hiring fair, and the agency might take the show on the road.

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