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  • Congress
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    New bill would expand SBA cyber training

    The bipartisan bill, introduced in both the House and Senate, seeks to expand cybersecurity training to help protect small businesses from digital threats. 06/23/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    IG: Infosec weaknesses remain at VA

    The 2016 FISMA report shows VA still struggling to secure its networks and data, despite making strides on eliminating vulnerabilities. 06/23/2017

  • Law Enforcement
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    Former fed and contractor charged with spying for China

    A mobile device tipped off feds to a Virginia man who now faces life in prison on charges of passing classified national defense information to Chinese intelligence agents. 06/23/2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • 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

  • Oversight
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    Watchdog: NSA needs to boost insider-threat protocols

    While the intelligence agency has implemented several of the Secure-the-Net initiatives launched in the wake of the Edward Snowden leak, additional steps are still needed. 06/19/2017

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS: Health care sector is most prone to ransomware

    The Department of Homeland Security details ransomware vulnerabilities faced by critical infrastructure sectors, especially health care systems. 06/19/2017

  • Workforce
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    Senators: Reorg plans must balance workforce cuts against mission success

    Agencies expect to hit the first deadline set by the White House's plan to restructure government and reduce the size of the workforce, but lawmakers want to make sure their efforts don't come at the expense of effective operations. 06/16/2017

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