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Lawmakers seek answers on alleged FCC DDoS attack

Five Democratic senators are seeking an FBI investigation into possible cyberattacks on the Federal Communication Commission's online comment system.

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VA chief will seek IT funding supplemental

Once the Department of Veterans Affairs makes a decision on the future of its electronic health records system, it will seek money from Congress to put the plan into place.

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Booz Allen, NGA probe intel leak

Defense and intelligence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are investigating how a trove of sensitive program data was apparently uploaded to a public Amazon cloud server.

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Senators want a (bug) bounty on DHS

Senators have introduced legislation to establish a Department of Homeland Security bug bounty program modeled on the Hack the Pentagon that would unleash white-hat hackers on agency systems.

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White House seeks authority to track and destroy drones

Under draft legislation, federal agencies would have the authority to disable or destroy drone aircraft deemed dangerous to government operations.

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Windstream drops EIS protest

The company withdraws its pre-award protest of GSA's massive telecommunications contract, paving the way for an agency award.

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Moran pushes MGT in the Senate

The MGT Act's Republican sponsor discusses the bill's prospects for passage.

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VA looks at cut in tech funding

While the Department of Veterans Affairs gets a budget bump in the administration's spending plan, the line item for IT comes in for a cut as the agency mulls shifting its tech strategy.

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Congressman files new 'hack back' bill

A new draft bill would allow private companies to use "active cyber defense measures" in response to a hack, but officials warn such measures could result in cyber escalation and unintended consequences.

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Can government stop using Social Security numbers?

Agencies are having trouble reducing reliance on Social Security numbers as identifiers because of outdated systems, insufficient funding and lack of coordination from OMB.

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What the PATCH Act doesn't do

Proponents of the current Vulnerabilities Equities Process say the proposed PATCH Act will likely improve the process, but it is just one piece of a larger cybersecurity puzzle.