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GAO finds holes in ACA data verification

The Government Accountability Office managed to push bogus applications past Affordable Care Act data verification requirements to get approval for health insurance coverage.

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GSA retools Schedule 70 for cyber

Government technology purchasers using GSA's Schedule 70 have new options for acquiring cybersecurity services.

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GAO warns Census IT efforts are lagging

The Census Bureau may miss targets on a major IT modernization plan ahead of the 2020 population count, according to a GAO report.

Gregory Touhill

New CISO faces tough sprint

Greg Touhill, the first governmentwide CISO, will have a long task list and a short window of time as the Obama administration enters its last four months.

John Brennan

Two more arrests in hack of CIA's Brennan

Federal authorities have arrested two more alleged members of a hacker group that targeted senior U.S. intelligence and security officials and publicly posted personal information on FBI and DHS employees.

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Are NIST's privacy controls out of date?

Federal chief privacy officers are charged with ensuring that agencies store data legally and safely, but some are concerned that their policy guidelines are outmoded.

Denise Turner Roth.

GSA's Roth: TTS commissioner search is progressing

GSA Administrator Denise Roth hopes to have a "good sense" of the next Technology Transformation Service commissioner by the end of September and expects the next administration to build on digital services.

Gregory Touhill

DHS' Touhill tapped as top federal cybersecurity officer

Greg Touhill, a retired Air Force general and a leading cybersecurity executive at DHS, has been named the first U.S. CISO. Grant Schneider will serve as acting deputy CISO.

Dr. Toby Cosgrove testifies before the House Veterans Affairs Committee

Commission on Care, lawmakers want commercial EHR for VA

The leaders of the Commission on Care are recommending that the Department of Veterans Affairs abandon its homegrown VistA software for a commercial product.

Jeh Johnson

Johnson: Cyber reorg should be priority for next Congress

The long-planned reorganization and upgrade of DHS' primary cybersecurity office should be a top priority for the next Congress, the DHS secretary said.

DNC hack shows evolving nation-state threat

The hacks and data exfiltrations against political targets in the U.S., including the Democratic National Committee, illustrate the evolving nation-state cyberthreat, according to the White House's top homeland security advisor.

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Chaffetz details where OPM went wrong, warns about future

The House oversight committee's Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) delivered an indictment of OPM's security and the protracted federal procurement process.