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DARPA Wants to MacGyver the Internet Using Only What's in Troops' Pockets

September 12, 2017 Modern technology is helping soldiers push to the limits of their physical capabilities on the battlefield, but advancements in communication and assimilation of data still rely on a 1990s-era legacy premise: a networked connection to a military data center. Today’s battlefields require significant information processing capabilities, such as the sending...

Lawmakers Push Again to Mandate Mobile-Friendly Federal Websites

September 11, 2017 A pair of senators want to make sure the public that relies increasingly on mobile devices can access government websites. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduced the Connected Government Act in the Senate last week. The bill would mandate all new federal websites be mobile-friendly, and would...

DARPA Wants to MacGyver the Internet Using Only What's in Troops' Pockets

September 11, 2017 Modern technology is helping soldiers push to the limits of their physical capabilities on the battlefield, but advancements in communication and assimilation of data still rely on a 1990s-era legacy premise: a networked connection to a military data center. Today’s battlefields require significant information processing capabilities, such as the sending...

Nations That Hack the U.S. Could Face ‘Real World’ Consequences, Homeland Security Adviser Warned

September 7, 2017 White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert suggested the U.S. government may dole out “real world” punishment to nation-states that hack federal systems or violate agreed upon cybersecurity norms. The White House is exploring ways to deter cyber adversaries as called for by President Donald Trump’s May executive order, Bossert...

Murderers, Pedophiles Among Applicants Issued Interim Security Clearances, Defense Official Says

September 6, 2017 Despite progress over the past month, the National Background Investigations Bureau still faces a backlog of approximately 700,000 security clearance seekers, and it’s forcing one department to issue riskier interim clearances, according to top officials. NBIB Director Charles Phalen, speaking Wednesday at the Intelligence and National Security Summit, said the...

Homeland Security Adviser Urges Congress to Renew Controversial Surveillance Power

September 6, 2017 One of President Donald Trump’s top advisers called on Congress to reauthorize authorities that gives intelligence agencies the ability to collect and analyze communications of foreigners outside the U.S. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—set to expire in December—is the best means...

Army Logistics Renews $135M Cloud Contract—And Gets Watson

September 6, 2017 In 2012, the U.S. Army turned to IBM and its cloud computing services to address its logistical challenges, which include managing hundreds of military bases and facilities, and coordinating the movement of several hundred thousand personnel and vehicles. According to an announcement today, the five-year partnership between the Army’s Logistics...

GSA Issues Harvey-Related Emergency Buying Power

September 1, 2017 The General Services Administration has upped special emergency procurement authority thresholds in response to the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey. The elevated thresholds, raised through a Senior Procurement Executive memo signed this week, will allow contracting officers and heads of contracting activities to more easily purchase resources they need to...

A Top Federal CIO Is Headed to Michigan's State Government

August 31, 2017 Weeks after announcing he would resign his role as the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, David DeVries has been appointed as the state of Michigan’s CIO and Technology, Management and Budget director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan is recognized across...

Outgoing OPM CIO Takes Michigan’s Top Tech Position

August 31, 2017 Weeks after announcing he would resign his role as the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, David DeVries has been appointed as the state of Michigan’s CIO and Technology, Management and Budget director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “Michigan is recognized across...