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White House announces new agency to handle federal background checks

OPM will house the new National Background Investigations Bureau, but the new agency's IT and cybersecurity work will be handled by the Defense Department.

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OPM adds new cyber education program for feds and families

The federal government is looking to fill its own cybersecurity needs by offering discounted online degree programs.

E-Verify goes mobile

DHS and Citizenship and Immigration Services are set to test a mobile app for private-sector employee citizenship checks.

Robert McDonald

VA chief lays out 2016 priorities, including IT improvements

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald touted IT achievements in 2015 and laid out 12 priorities for 2016 in an appearance before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.


U.S. official: Russian cyberwarfare getting more sophisticated

Robert Giesler, chief of strategy and plans in the secretary of Defense's Strategic Capabilities Office, believes Russia's use of cyberwarfare has grown more sophisticated, from Estonia in 2007 to Ukraine in 2016.

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Rogers: Cyber Command capabilities at 'tipping point'

The Pentagon's cyber mission force is developing more "tangible" capabilities "that you will see us start to apply in a broader and broader way," said Adm. Michael Rogers, head of NSA and Cyber Command.

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Broadcasting Board of Governors lacks cyber reporting system, IG says

The State Department's inspector general criticized the Broadcasting Board of Governors for failing to meet federal standards in cyber incident response.

Senate panel complains of slow progress at DHS on biometric exit tracking

Lawmakers grilled officials on the slow pace of progress in setting up a system to gather details on foreign visitors when they leave the U.S.

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Time to measure the White House drapes for the next occupant

A new center to support the presidential transition officially launched Jan. 20, a year ahead of the next inauguration.

Big Data

Government data is 'weird'

The mandated dive into government data is revealing surprising value to agencies, but it comes with rigorous reporting that runs deeper than a typical audit.

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FDA issues draft guidance for medical device vulnerabilities

Security can be built into the design of a product, but risks can surface throughout its life cycle, the agency said in announcing the draft guidance.

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U.S. discloses zero-day exploitation practices

The government officially revealed that it uses undisclosed vulnerabilities in commercial software for surveillance and offensive cyber purposes.

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