8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

CBP deputy seeks 1,000-mile border wall system

Technology remains a part of the border security balance, but "walls work and agents know it," CBP's Ronald Vitiello said.

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Does the Vacancies Act really matter?

The law is supposed to prevent acting officials taking on Senate-confirmed roles indefinitely, but the statutory language is vague and enforcement is uneven.

OPM tells agencies how to respond to cyber workforce needs

Agencies will have a year to identify high-value positions, investigate the root causes of any talent shortage and develop action plans before they start reporting annually to OPM.

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Congress wants Patent Office to get a handle on telework

Once the poster child for telework, the Patent and Trademark Office was dinged by multiple oversight reports alleging time and attendance abuse.

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Marines take lessons from special forces in crafting cyber career path

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller said long-term stability is key: "Once you’re, in you’re in."

Federal CIO Suzette Kent presents opening remarks for the Women in Federal IT & Cyber event on March 29, 2018. (USDA photo by Tom Witham)

Why IT modernization needs more women

"We're embarking on the largest transformation in the world," federal CIO Suzette Kent said. "Women are more effective collaborators, and what you deliver is actually better."

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Why the Army is wary of other transaction authority

Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said that while agile acquisition authorities are welcome, there's a risk in using them.

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How a terrorist's iPhone became the 'poster child' for the FBI's encryption challenge

According to an oversight report, a senior FBI official became concerned that techies in the bureau were slow-walking a plan to crack the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter in the hope of obtaining a favorable court verdict.

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Tax watchdog dings IRS on security controls

Poor security controls for an online tax transcript service at the IRS may be fueling refund fraud, an inspector general audit found.

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DHS hires former EAC chairman to tackle election security

A month after being passed over for another term on the Election Assistance Commission, Matthew Masterson joins the Department of Homeland Security to tackle election security issues.

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CBP to consolidate IT offices

CBP plans to move almost 4,000 IT workers around the capital region to a single facility in Loudoun County.

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Navy axes CIO office in reorg

Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly announced his new role as Navy CIO, collapsing the previous office that oversaw IT guidance for the Marine Corps and Navy.

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