DHS mandates new security standards for federal networks

The Department of Homeland Security is requiring agencies to use new email and web security protocols.

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GAO denies Equifax bid protest

The protest had resulted in a controversial (and now suspended) bridge contract from the IRS for Equifax's identity management and taxpayer fraud protection services.

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IG: Infosec weaknesses at Energy continue

While DOE has gotten better at protecting sensitive information, the agency still shows weaknesses in vulnerability management, business web applications and access controls.

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IRS suspends Equifax contract

After a tough congressional hearing and news of more infosec woes at Equifax, the IRS suspended a $7.2 million contract with the credit monitoring agency.

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OPM: federal employee engagement reaches six-year high

Nearly a half-million feds responded to the annual OPM survey, and results suggest some increase in morale and job satisfaction in the federal workforce, despite some public indications to the contrary.

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Senator wants Kaspersky out of U.S. voting systems

Amid concerns about election system security, Sen. Amy Klochubar is looking for DHS to help boot Kaspersky from state and local voting systems.

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White House tech adviser: 'Way too many acting CIOs'

White House adviser Chris Liddell acknowledged that the federal government is moving too slowly in filling permanent CIO positions.

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House passes bill to relax TSP withdrawal restrictions

The House voted to unanimously pass a bill that would increase federal employees' flexibility in withdrawing funds from their retirement accounts.

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Extra $3 billion might not solve all Census woes

More money might not alleviate concerns about IT preparedness and communications programs entering the 2018 dress rehearsal.

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House passes FITARA extension

The bill expands on the 2014 legislation to permanently authorize transparency and risk management in IT investments and extends the sunset dates of data center consolidation provisions.

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DOJ rebrands encryption pitch

A senior Justice official wants the private sector to adopt "responsible encryption" that allows law enforcement access via warrant to encrypted communications.

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House panel skeptical of DOD clearance plan

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say they need more detail from the Department of Defense on its plan to take over large parts of the security clearance process.

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