Cybersecurity

Senate backs $250M in election security grants

With the threat of Russian interference in the 2020 elections looming, lawmakers added fund for states to shore up election infrastructure and improve voting system cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

How government entities can combat cyber threats

Rather than getting to the point of no return, agencies should manage cybersecurity through preventative action, technological excellence, hygiene and training.

Cybersecurity

After Mueller, what now for election security?

Democrats try to capitalize on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to move the needle on election security legislation, but Republicans and the White House are still balking.

IT Modernization

Contracting, cloud essential to modernizing House IT

Federal legislative networks can take a page from state playbooks and harness innovative cloud and procurement techniques for their modernization efforts.

Digital Government

Hill Democrats target McConnell in election security push

Congressional Democrats are sounding the alarm on the security threats facing the 2020 elections -- and bashing the senator they feel is most responsible for legislative inaction.

Digital Government

Report: States slow to retire old voting tech

States have made some progress getting rid of older and paperless voting machines, but the nation's security concerns in 2020 could still look a lot like 2016.

Digital Government

State election officials seek more security money, fewer mandates

For more secure election equipment to be available for the 2020 vote, Congress needs to act in 2019, state officials say.

IT Modernization

Granite State opts out of FirstNet

Although 35 states and territories have decided to join the AT&T-based public safety broadband network, the proposal by Rivada Networks was "far and away our best option," the governor said.

FAA's plan to accelerate drone integration

FAA wants companies and local governments to work together on tests to support more low-altitude commercial drone use.

People

Departing OPM CIO heads to Michigan for state post

Michigan's governor has tapped David DeVries, who is retiring as CIO of the Office of Personnel Management, to be the state's top tech official.

IT Modernization

FAA, FCC tackle hurricane complications

Unauthorized drones in the air over hurricane disaster zone and telecommunications outages are among the myriad issues facing response agencies as Hurricane Harvey churns through Texas.

Digital Government

Election officials: 'We are going to need more assistance'

At the Election Assistance Committee's latest meeting, officials warn of "enlightening and frightening" planning exercises and a need for additional funding.

Digital Government

E-diplomacy guru seeks elected office

Alec Ross, a pioneer of e-diplomacy at the State Department and an adviser to Hillary Clinton, is running for governor of Maryland.

Cybersecurity

Bipartsian bill looks to aid state and local governments with cyber response

The legislation would open up new avenues of assistance for state and local cyber incident response and bring resources home for its Texas-based sponsors.

Cybersecurity

Grant program would support state, local cybersecurity

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to help state, local and tribal governments protect their data, systems and networks.

Cybersecurity

States balk at election system move by DHS

A group of state officials formally opposed the DHS critical infrastructure designation for election systems and want it rescinded.

IT Modernization

Should Americans trust their voting tech?

State officials told the Election Assistance Commission that they are looking to shore up the cybersecurity of voting systems in the wake of the 2016 elections.

Cybersecurity

States continue to seek cyber help from DHS

With the election only weeks away, DHS sees more states ask for help in finding cyber vulnerabilities in their election systems.

Cybersecurity

Could critical infrastructure designation make state election systems less safe?

Another state official tells Congress that direct DHS oversight could create new risks, "ultimately undermining the security of our elections."

Cybersecurity

Critical infrastructure designation for voting goes too far, says state official

Louisiana's secretary of state says possible DHS protection of state election systems, even in the wake of hacks, would be "overreach" by the federal government.

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