Education Department CIO Danny Harris testifying on Feb. 2, 2016

Education CIO in the hot seat on Capitol Hill

The Education Department's long-serving CIO came under fire from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for past allegations of misconduct and potential conflicts of interest.

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OPM IG McFarland to step down

Patrick McFarland, the longest-serving Inspector General in government, will resign this month after monitoring OPM for two-and-a-half decades.

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Congress watching FirstNet security, state opt-ins

The House panel in charge of FirstNet oversight did a reality check on the project, with some lawmakers concerned about security and state participation in the nationwide public safety communications network.

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The year of the technological hand-off

Letting go is part of the revolution agencies need to embrace in 2016, according to a new report.

Ashton Carter

Pentagon chief: 2017 budget includes $7B for cyber

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the money would be used to better train cybersecurity personnel and develop more offensive tools.

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Obama seeks $4B to train the techies of tomorrow

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $4 billion to fund his new Computer Science for All initiative for public schools.

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IG wants Secret Service to modernize its radio gear

The DHS inspector general said the Secret Service's outdated radio systems could affect its ability to protect the president and other high-ranking national officials.

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GAO frets about ambiguity in Data Act standards

The Government Accountability Office says some data element definitions offered by Treasury and OMB are potentially unclear, inconsistent and open to interpretation.

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Chaffetz wants more answers from Education CIO

Lawmakers are looking for details about warnings that the Education Department's systems are ripe for a devastating hack.

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No BYOD for Census workers

The Census Bureau has decided against letting enumerators use their own mobile devices for the 2020 count.

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GAO report highlights Einstein shortcomings

The Department of Homeland Security's Einstein program has built in limitations that prevent it from detecting previously unknown attack vectors, according to a watchdog report.

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Why DHS has no idea how much it spends on training

A new watchdog report lays out a massive governance and data problem at the Homeland Security Department.