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Want a Job With FBI’s Elite Cyber Team? You Need These 3 Things

August 30, 2016 If you want a job one one of the FBI’s elite Cyber Action Teams—a growing collection of talent who respond to the nation’s most serious hacks—you’re going to need three things. “You need integrity, which is non-negotiable. You need physicality; we’re going to give you a gun on behalf of...

FBI Director: Americans Never Had 'Absolute Privacy'

August 30, 2016 FBI Director James Comey said his agency is preparing for a renewed conversation on encryption by collecting information regarding how “widespread default encryption” has affected law enforcement at the federal level. Comey said default encryption—especially on mobile devices—in the post-Edward Snowden era has fundamentally impacted law enforcement agencies at the...

The US Military Will ‘Be Left Behind’ If It Doesn’t Embrace Open-Source Software, Report Says

August 30, 2016 Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied...

Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'

August 29, 2016 Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied...

House Oversight Demands Info on DHS Senior Staff Private Email Use... Again

August 25, 2016 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this week after the agency failed to turn over information of senior staff’s private email use Congress requested back in March. In a letter dated Aug. 23, Chaffetz said DHS has “failed to comply...

Artificial Intelligence, Tech and Tequila: Come Hang with Us

August 24, 2016 We’re hosting our sixth Tech & Tequila meetup Thursday on how government is dealing with artificial intelligence, from both the policy and practical use perspectives. If you haven’t signed up yet, get to it and dress down; we’re hosting it at The Capitol View at 400’s open rooftop and the...

Pentagon’s Contract-Spending Problem

August 24, 2016 The Defense Department continues to spend more than half its contracting dollars without legitimate competition between vendors, according to its Office of Procurement and Acquisition Policy. A competition scorecard for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 released this week by the office shows that of $205 billion awarded in contract...

Clinton Email Saga Continues with 'Spillage' Request

August 23, 2016 A House oversight committee wants more information from the FBI regarding Hillary Clinton’s email use while she was secretary of state, including which aides or personal representatives may have had access to a “spillage” of classified information. In a letter dated Aug. 22, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman...

Leidos’ Post-Deal Identity

August 22, 2016 Leidos closed on its acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s IT business last week, nine months after the national security firm announced the deal and shook up the IT contracting world, proving size still offers significant advantages for contractors dealing with the federal government. Through the acquisition, Leidos effectively doubled its size...

What's In Pentagon Newly Released IT Vision?

August 19, 2016 The Defense Department has reprioritized its goals as they relate to the future of information technology and packaged them together in a document released this week. Called the “Way Forward to Tomorrow’s Strategic Landscape,” DOD’s new vision includes everything from cloud computing and cybersecurity to closing data centers and ensuring...