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  • Modernization
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    A long slog ahead for VA health record modernization

    Lawmakers who welcomed the news of VA's plan to shift to a commercial health record now have to strap in for a multi-year implementation. 06/23/2017

  • Defense
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    DOD releases electronic warfare strategy to stakeholders

    The DOD has released a new strategy to guide its buildup of electronic warfare capabilities, but the unclassified document is only available to government and contractors. 06/22/2017

  • Drones

    Senate bill would foster drone development, facilities

    New legislation would foster drone tech development, airspace integration and air traffic management. 06/22/2017

  • Homeland Security
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    TSA nominee touts biometric exit pilots

    A former commandant of the Coast Guard being considered to head the TSA said the security agency's recently unveiled trials of fingerprint/boarding pass tech could become big part of its future. 06/22/2017

  • Congress

    More money for cyber in 2018 NDAA

    The House Armed Services Committee is looking to boost spending on cybersecurity training in the 2018 NDAA, while empowering DOD's CIO to govern supply chain risk. 06/22/2017

  • Budget

    Trump budget includes OMB bump, but cuts IT policy spend

    The White House's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 hacks civilian spending to offset proposed defense increases, but it includes a slight uptick in funding for OMB to fund management priorities. 06/22/2017

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS: Russia tried to hack voting systems in 21 states

    DHS officials confirmed for the first time that Russian hackers tried to penetrate voting systems in 21 different states in the run-up to the 2016 election, but said the hacking did not affect election results. 06/21/2017

  • Cybersecurity
    Jeh Johnson

    Former DHS boss says 'no evidence' of tampering in 2016 vote count

    At a House Intelligence hearing, Jeh Johnson testified that Russian interference in U.S. elections did not extend to manipulating vote counts, as far as he knows. 06/21/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Why an HHS cyber center could confuse federal efforts

    Senate oversight leaders are worried that Health and Human Services' efforts to establish its own cyber threat information center could sow confusion about federal policy. 06/21/2017

  • Congress
    Claire McCaskill

    Senate Dem wants answers on reported Booz Allen leak

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants answers from Booz Allen Hamilton about its security posture and ability to manage sensitive intelligence data. 06/21/2017

  • Workforce
    VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin speaking at a June 20, 2017 Monitor Breakfast. Photo credit: Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor

    VA chief: fast firing authority will improve morale

    President Trump is expected to sign a bill granting new authority to fire and discipline VA employees on an expedited basis. Secretary David Shulkin thinks the measure will help improve flagging morale at the agency. 06/21/2017

  • Identity Management
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    Can blockchain transform ID?

    Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up on a plan to use biometric markers in a blockchain platform to verify identity for displaced persons who may lack official documentation. 06/20/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Survey: Cybersecurity concerns climbing

    New study shows national security and cyber risks top consumer's list of concerns, but NIST working to get agencies to build security into systems from the start. 06/20/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    CIO: HHS faces 500 million hack attempts per week

    Department of Health and Human Services CIO Beth Killoran estimates that the department faces "500 million cyber hack attempts each week" and cautioned that number is only going to go up. 06/20/2017

  • Congress
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    McCain dresses down DOD deputy nominee

    President Trump's nominee for deputy defense secretary faced strong criticism from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain over his background at Boeing and for some of the answers the nominee provided to senators during his confirmation hearing. 06/20/2017

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