Congress

Trade groups urge Congress to pass digital identity bill

To make it to the President’s desk, the Improving Digital Identity Act would have to advance through a lame duck session alongside big-ticket to-do items like the annual defense policy and federal appropriations bills. 

Cybersecurity

IG dings State Department's information security program in annual report

The State Department Office of the Inspector General says it found weaknesses in eight of nine domains in an audit of the department's information security program.

Cybersecurity

Warner calls TikTok an 'enormous threat'

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the U.S. regulators have a "huge mountain to climb" when it comes to reducing risks from the massively popular, China-owned social media app.

Defense

Ukraine is getting nervous about Elon Musk

Kyiv is looking for alternatives to Musk’s Starlink internet terminals and worrying about rising misinformation on Twitter.

Digital Government

FCC's new National Broadband Map offers granular look at service and gaps

The draft release kicks off a process where states, localities and the general public can challenge inaccuracies. The new data will be crucial in guiding how the federal government divides billions in broadband funding between states.

Acquisition

Software inventory bill could move in the lame duck session

House lawmakers introduced a companion bill to bipartisan Senate legislation designed to improve the efficiency of federal agency software management.

Cybersecurity

TSA administrator says new cyber requirements in the works for aviation industry

The administrator of the Transportation Security Administration said the White House is following a similar approach to how it crafted cyber requirements for the oil and gas pipeline industry following the 2021 Colonial Pipeline attack in crafting guidelines for the aviation sector.

Acquisition

4 things for contractors to watch on Capitol Hill now and into 2023

Professional Services Council president and CEO David Berteau rates the chances of Congress passing a fiscal 2023 appropriations package and looks at the possible fallout of the midterm elections on contract spending.

Workforce

CISA hires its first 'chief people officer'

NASA's Elizabeth Kolmstetter will be charged with aligning talent recruitment efforts at the cybersecurity agency during an increasingly tight labor market.

IT Modernization

DHS wants to deploy 'easy button' for cloud adoption

Deputy Chief Information Officer Beth Cappello said the department is developing a new contract vehicle to make it easier for coterie of components to buy cloud services.

Workforce

Early chief innovation officers define the role for government

Though few agencies have the position, two of the government’s chief innovation officers see a need for every part of government to innovate.

Cybersecurity

Iranian hackers compromised a federal agency’s network, CISA and FBI say

Actors linked with the Iranian government were able to exploit an unpatched Log4Shell vulnerability—which the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency asked agencies to address by the end of 2021—in an unnamed agency’s network.

People

Former tax chiefs urge the Senate to quickly confirm Biden's IRS nominee

The new commissioner should be a part of setting priorities and making plans, say former tax agency heads.

Acquisition

Here’s what the contracting community thinks of the new proposed rule on climate reporting  

The proposed rule is part of the Biden administration’s larger environmental agenda, but it comes with costs for contractors. 

Acquisition

CACI's $2.4B NSA win faces challenges

The National Security Agency will take another look at bids after a pair of protests.

Digital Government

White House, agencies still sorting out who will pay for cross-agency service delivery work

OMB’s customer experience lead said Tuesday that more specifics for life experience projects will be made public in coming weeks.

Defense

Is the Pentagon changing fast enough?

So far, two former defense insiders say, new service organizations are more promise than improvement.

Cybersecurity

Deadline looms for plan to restart economy in case of major cyberattack

Lawmakers have been urging the Biden administration to develop a strategy first mandated in the Fiscal 2021 NDAA.

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