IT Modernization

'Rip and replace' strategy for U.S. bulk power systems

Department of Energy officials say they plan to use a recent executive order to tear out foreign-made parts and components if they believe they pose a national security or economic risk.

Workforce

IRS outlines expanded flexible work schedule

The IRS, which is operating under an evacuation order that mandates telework for all eligible employees, released new guidance outlining its flexible work schedule policy.

WH budget shifts R&D focus to quantum, AI

The president's proposed budget seeks to double current U.S. investments in AI and quantum computing, but the administration has also been criticized for seeking drastic cuts in other research areas.

Cybersecurity

Evans out at Energy Department

The Department of Energy is replacing Karen Evans at DOE's Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response office with a cyber official from NSA.

Cybersecurity

Budget request emphasizes cyber, network security efforts

The document provides a peek at how the administration would prioritize cybersecurity spending across DHS, Energy, Treasury and other departments.

Cybersecurity

Three agencies team on cyber defense of energy infrastructure

Three agencies with stakes in protecting critical energy infrastructure renew their efforts to develop cyber threat protections.

IT Modernization

Senate panel passes grid security bills

Senate energy committee advanced two bills to bolster protections for cross-cutting vulnerabilities in energy critical infrastructure.

IT Modernization

Nuclear weapons security agency moving apps to cloud

The National Nuclear Security Administration tells Congress it has more ideas for hybrid cloud platforms on its secure enterprise network.

Cybersecurity

Regulators pressed on Chinese gear in energy supply chain

A House panel grilled energy regulators about the presence of Huawei and ZTE gear in power providers' operations.

Cybersecurity

House focuses on cybersecurity R&D in energy spending bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved a series of cybersecurity-related research and development initiatives that are designed to tighten up protection to the electric grid and other energy systems.

IT Modernization

GAO: cloud saved agencies $300 million, but data is incomplete

Agencies are investing more in cloud and saving hundreds of millions of dollars as a result — but cloud investments still only represent a fraction of government IT purchases, and data on their cost and savings is far from complete.

Perry promises continued support for supercomputing

Budget cuts and the proposed elimination of ARPA-E do not alter the administration's commitment to advanced computing, Energy Secretary Perry told a congressional panel.

IT Modernization

DOE cyber arm preps risk management tool

The tool coming from the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response will quantify what cybersecurity spending delivers in terms of risk management.

Cybersecurity

Energy's cyber office gets a boost

White House's budget proposal increases funding for the Energy Department's critical infrastructure cybersecurity office.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers probe TSA's pipeline cyber role

A top grid regulator wants to work with the Transportation Security Administration and industry on pipeline cybersecurity, while some in Congress want the Energy Department to take the reins.

IT Modernization

Cyber exercise shows need for closer federal-state coordination

A joint exercise in Houston last summer highlighted gaps in infrastructure protection.

'Stone Panda' hackers indicted in campaign that targeted U.S. government networks

The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against two Chinese nationals accused of a years-long campaign to hack U.S. government agencies and private companies around the world in order to steal trade secrets and intellectual property.

Senate passes plan to invest $1.2 billion in quantum research

The Senate has cleared the way for the president to approve implementation of a 10-year plan to accelerate quantum computing research and development.

GAO: Four big agencies still lag on FITARA

The congressional watchdog warns that CIOs still lack visibility into IT spending four years after the passage of landmark procurement legislation.

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