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VA shakes up infosec ranks

Veterans Affairs Acting CIO, Rob Thomas, announced a realignment of senior IT security executives.

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House approves raft of DHS bills

The House of Representatives passed package of bills covering a range of homeland security issues, from cybersecurity to border security and acquisition.

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Trump transition threatened to fire IGs

Agency watchdogs told the House Oversight Committee that early worries about a purge of the IG ranks by the Trump transition have been put to rest, but they were still concerned about the possible consequences of the federal hiring freeze.

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Shulkin pledges no 'learning curve' as VA secretary

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee conducted a bipartisan hearing to elevate current VA Undersecretary for Health to lead the agency, while elsewhere in the legislative chamber, panels were at odds over other Trump cabinet picks.

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How cyber info sharing helps keep the lights on

At a House hearing, electricity industry reps said that information sharing between private sector and government is essential to mitigating cyber threats.

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OPM explains the hiring freeze

The Office of Personnel Management released guidance explaining what is and isn't covered by the hiring freeze. There are more exceptions than one might think.

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DHS explores the details of 'extreme vetting'

Social media could play a large role in the Department of Homeland Security's development of new, stricter methods of vetting immigrants from terror trouble spots, according to the new DHS chief.

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Trump postpones cyber executive order

President Trump and his team provide more details of a forthcoming executive order on cybersecurity, but postpone its signing without explanation.

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House Dems want details on transition team threats to oust IGs

Two members on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want answers from the White House about reports that Trump officials told agency watchdogs to start looking for new jobs.

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DHS, ICE get new top managers

The White House has tapped a long-time DHS management/acquisition executive as second in command at the agency, as well as a veteran enforcer at ICE.

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House Oversight to tackle IT and workforce, but probably not Trump's potential conflicts

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a work plan for the 115th Congress that includes key reauthorizations and IT oversight, but Democrats on the panel wanted to hear more about President Trump's finances.

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Can DHS push harder on biometrics?

President Trump's controversial immigration order calls for an expedited approach to biometric entry/exit system, but significant issues still dog its implementation.

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