• Congress
    open source election technology

    House panel mulls new election tech specs

    The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will mark up new legislation Nov. 14 that would mandate new research into voting machine cybersecurity vulnerabilities and update the way the government certifies such equipment. 11/13/2019

  • Election Security
    voting security

    Report: election vendors need more federal oversight

    A virtual oligopoly over voting technology by three private vendors and a lack of federal regulatory pressure has led to dangerous security vulnerabilities in the nation's election infrastructure, according to a new report. 11/12/2019

  • Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer speaks at an Oct. 10 FCW event (Photo credit: Troy K. Schneider)

    VA's pivot to agile

    With 10 months on the job, Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer is pushing his organization toward a culture of constant delivery. 11/08/2019

  • Acquisition
    man clicking on shopping cart icon (Nata-Lia/Shutterstock.com)

    Vendors roll with GSA changes

    Vendors say they are OK with some of GSA's moves to acquisition interfaces and contract consolidation. 11/06/2019

  • Cybersecurity
    government security

    Cyber firm sows chaos in election hack simulation

    The fictional city of Adversaria became ground zero in an election security training exercise pitting real federal and law enforcement officials against mysterious cyber group aiming to disrupt and undermine voter confidence. 11/05/2019

  • Digital Gov
    Data analytics

    Implementing evidence-based policymaking

    Agencies and the White House are getting into the weeds of how to put the OPEN Government Data Act into effect. 11/05/2019

  • Election Security
    Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) inspects a voting machine at Voting Village in 2019. (Photo credit: Derek B. Johnson/FCW)

    Voting machines still easy prey for determined hackers

    A security exercise to demonstrate voting machine vulnerabilities has captured the attention of some in Congress, but one Democratic chairman said "it's all for naught" if Republicans aren't on board. 10/29/2019

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock photo ID: photo ID: 245503636 By Mark Van Scyoc Sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014.

    Security, modernization and people are key IRS challenges

    The IRS should focus the next year on modernizing IT, improving security controls for its primary e-filing tool, eliminating critical vulnerabilities in servers used for personal devices and addressing its "serious" human capital crisis, according to Treasury auditors. 10/21/2019

  • Cybersecurity

    Election security lessons from Illinois

    Officials express confidence that 2020 won't be a repeat of 2016, but testimony from state and local officials indicate that substantial security holes still exist. 10/15/2019

  • Comment
    Online document management (Jirsak/Shutterstock.com)

    One small policy change means a big difference for citizens

    The CASES Act is a significant step in the right direction for enhancing the citizen experience. Legislators should use this as a guidepost to rework other outdated policies that were originally intended to protect citizens but are long overdue for a refresh. 10/11/2019

  • Congress
    election security (Shutterstock.com)

    No clear solutions to combat foreign election meddling

    The Senate’s report confirms previous research and investigations on Russian social media activity in 2016, but sees little role for Congress in preventing future deceptions. 10/08/2019

  • Election Security
    voting security

    Former officials flag disinformation as top threat to U.S. elections

    Three years after Russia waged a covert propaganda campaign against U.S. voters, the federal government has done little to address the problem through legislation or executive action. 10/03/2019

  • Acquisition
    shutterstock ID: 377287183 By Rei and Motion Studio

    Rethinking acquisition with the end user in mind

    How the U.S. Digital Service takes the temperature of acquisition culture as a prelude to reform. 09/24/2019

  • Modernization
    business management (Alexander Supertramp/Shutterstock.com)

    Improving CX isn't all about tech

    The White House is stressing upgrades in customer experience and some front line officials say the human touch is key. 09/22/2019

  • Identity
    ID card (mei yanotai/Shutterstock.com)

    With hacks on the rise, is it time to revisit a national ID?

    Our process for verifying people's identities is broken, leading some to revisit the idea of a national ID system. But politics, cybersecurity and other concerns loom large in the debate. 09/13/2019

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