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Kiersten Todt

Why government should let industry drive cybersecurity

The government needs to stop trying to lead the cybersecurity charge and instead organize itself around facilitating private-sector-led solutions, say experts and officials.

John Thompson, director Census Bureau 2013-2017

Career official assumes Census leadership as key tests loom

Two career officials will serve as Census director and deputy director as the bureau faces multiple test and challenges in the run-up to the 2020 enumeration.

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What's next for spending data?

Officials are continuing to iterate on Data Act reporting, and more granular, standardized government info could be in the offing.

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Is the Data Act proving out?

Key sponsors of the Data Act from both parties have good things to say about the financial information being released under the law.

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Why the cyber EO won't solve botnets

One section of the Trump administration’s cyber executive order calls for reducing threats from botnets, but members of the interagency team studying the topic warn it will be an uphill battle.

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Next wave of cyberattacks could target health devices

Connected medical devices are potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks, and former federal officials say the financial sector could provide a security model.

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Laptops to get more scrutiny at overseas airports

Laptop and tablet computers of international passengers destined for the U.S. will be subject to stricter screening under new DHS rules.

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Officials press Congress to reauthorize spy powers

The Trump administration is asking Congress to reauthorize a critical foreign surveillance program without any amendments and to eliminate the sunset clause.

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VA’s EHR decision and the future of government

By using insight-driven thinking and tools, the collaboration between VA and DOD could result in a revolutionary person-centric service model.

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Can tech geeks crack the codes of Congress?

A new challenge will call for ideas that use 21st century technology to reimagine legislative data.

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Stolen NSA tool behind another global ransomware attack

EternalBlue, the Microsoft exploit allegedly stolen from the NSA, is at the heart of Petya, a new and more sophisticated variant of WannaCry that is crippling banks, transport systems and businesses in Europe and elsewhere.

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Lira: IT modernization needs new 'organizational structure'

One of the White House's special innovation officers is looking to change culture, not just modernize tech.

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