Hiring astronauts on USAJobs, undersea cable worries and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

White House backs CISA's privacy provisions

The Obama administration is defending the privacy protections in a Senate-passed information-sharing bill despite the defeat of a string of privacy-focused amendments.

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OPM's new cyber adviser reports directly to the agency boss

The personnel agency tapped military and industry vet Clifton Triplett to advise on cyber and IT.

Jeh Johnson

DHS chief says critical vulnerabilities greatly reduced

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson praised agencies' progress on network security, saying nearly 99 percent of identified problems have been fixed since May.

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VA says employment portal for veterans is secure

VA's online Veterans Employment Center is a showcase for the agency's agile development policies, officials say, but some are worried the site is luring cyber criminals.

Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz wants to rein in stingrays, GSA hits OASIS milestone and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

CIO Baitman is bolting HHS

After a tenure that included a move to the cloud and the launch of, Health and Human Services Department CIO Frank Baitman is stepping down.

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Reservists form 'connective tissue' between DIUX and Silicon Valley

Military reservists might be the key to closer collaboration between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon, according to Raj Shah, an Air Force reservist and senior director of strategy at Palo Alto Networks.

CIA official looks to free 'captive' data

The CIA's new head of digital innovation wants to unsilo the spy agency's data. That problem is so big and complicated that a whole new organization has been created to solve it.

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DISA tees up new round of contracts

Agency officials outlined a range of forthcoming contracts covering everything from enterprise resource planning to cybersecurity analytics at a Nov. 2 industry day.

Cybersecurity research

150 ideas for better cybersecurity in government

An industry/government group has canvassed the federal IT community for suggestions and will provide recommendations to OMB in November.

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IRS stingrays, DHS tech advisors and online visa scams

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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