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Derek B. Johnson

Senior Staff Writer

Derek B. Johnson is a former senior staff writer at FCW.

Old tech can help IRS catch wealthy tax cheats

The IRS’ legacy tech is effective at flagging high-income taxpayers who skip filing, but a lack of staff and low prioritization is leaving billions on the table.


Cyber report heads to White House with request for new commission

Several members of CISA leadership expressed agreement with the goals laid out in the report to secure critical infrastructure, but they stopped short of endorsing plans for new government bodies.

IT Modernization

New draft rule bans government purchase of Chinese telecom gear

The interim regulation would prevent agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from five companies, including Huawei and ZTE.


Senators look to codify CDM

Two senior lawmakers are teaming up on a bipartisan effort to codify the Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation program run by DHS.


What ever happened to CyberStat?

Government auditors and a former top cyber official are concerned, but OMB says the numbers reflect a more substantive and collaborative cybersecurity review process.


Trump's pick for DNI has long cyber record

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), President Trump's pick for Director of National Intelligence, sponsored cybersecurity legislation from his perch at the Homeland Security Committee.

IT Modernization

Warner: U.S. needs a better plan to confront supply chain threat from China

The Democratic senator called for foreign investment reform and decried recent comments by the president that Huawei could be used as a bargaining chip in a trade war with China.