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DHS chief doubles down on critical infrastructure designation for voting systems

In the wake of a leaked intelligence document describing Russian attempts to hack voting systems, DHS Secretary John Kelly reiterated his support for providing election systems with federal protection.

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Trial by Twitter for acquisition pros

How federal acquisition will work under the Trump administration still an emerging and complicated issue.

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VA to dump Vista for DOD's electronic health record system

Citing an urgent need, Secretary David Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs would bypass open competition and buy into the solution chosen by the Defense Department in 2015.

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White House funds federal spectrum study

OMB funds research on how to consolidate multiple federal radar capabilities to free up government-owned spectrum for the commercial market.

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Trump pushes plan to privatize air traffic control

The White House is backing long-held plans to privatize air traffic control operations to jumpstart progress on a massive technology upgrade.

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USAF secretary calls for more research and innovation

New Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says that in addition to pressing readiness and modernization needs, the service must prioritize innovation, research and realigning the cyber workforce.

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New visa vetting to include social media handles

The State Department is starting to collect social media information from certain visa applicants deemed risky.

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AT&T seeks tough standards for FirstNet opt-outs

Telecom providers argue about the role and impact of state-run networks on FirstNet's nationwide public safety broadband network.

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Prudence over panic

A seasoned CISO explains why focusing too much on zero-days can distract from older vulnerabilities.

FDIC dinged again for inadequate infosec

GAO finds that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation needs to improve its information security controls, and do more to separate its financial systems from the rest of its network.

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DISA says funding cut won’t slow new background check system

DISA is in the process of developing a new IT platform for federal background investigations, and despite a one-third cut in proposed funding for 2018, the agency says it has the needed budget.

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DHS: WannaCry could linger

The virulent ransomware could worm its way into day-to-day business operations of critical infrastructure providers, DHS warned.

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