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Senators want details on new background check bureau

Two Democrats with oversight responsibilities are asking OPM for specifics about its transition and reorganization plans for a new bureau formed to handle background checks.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

Senators seek to block expanded hacking powers for FBI

The Justice Department says greater authority is necessary to pursue anonymous criminals, but some senators oppose what they say is an encroachment on Americans' digital rights.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

With ransomware on the rise, Senate botnet bill gets another shot

The bipartisan measure, which failed last year, would create a new criminal offense for selling or providing access to botnets.

Cyberattack, financial services

Senator asks Fed about SWIFT heist

Hackers are stealing millions by cracking weak links in SWIFT's interbank money transfer system, and Sen. Tom Carper wants to know what the Fed and others are doing about it.

Will Hurd

Some improvement, but no A’s, on FITARA scorecard 2.0

In the second round of FITARA grades, many agencies improved but none managed to get top IT management marks.

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Tech vendors tout veteran hiring programs for House committee

A panel of technology industry leaders and veterans shared ideas with legislators on how to connect veterans with jobs in the private sector.

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White House, Congress gird for another NDAA showdown

Among the provisions the Obama administration opposes is a measure that would codify U.S. Cyber Command as its own unified command and one that would restrict funding for the Pentagon’s prized outreach office in Silicon Valley.

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Is census 2020 running out of runway?

As the timeline shortens, House overseers are demanding that the CIO-less Census Bureau prove it is on track to get the technology and leadership ready for the 2020 headcount.

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IGs press Senate on records access

A group of inspectors general appealed to congressional leaders to change a Justice Department order they say is preventing them from carrying out their oversight duties.

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House, Senate bills would urge more sanctions on Iranian hackers

The Iran Cyber Sanctions Act of 2016 would push the U.S. government to slap more sanctions on Iranian hackers.

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OPM: Contractor's departure will not affect operations

Imperatis had been awarded a crucial contract to carry out the Shell modernization project for OPM. The firm has quit due to "financial distress," according to OPM.

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Federal background checks could soon factor in social media

After years of planning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence approved the incorporation of public social media feeds in security clearance investigations -- a move that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Fed 100

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Federal 100 Awards.

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