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State Department Plans International Cyber Workshops in Geneva

October 21, 2015 The State Department plans to launch an international cybersecurity workshop series in Geneva, Switzerland. The series will include three advanced workshops meant to help spur discussions on a variety of issues related to cybersecurity, according to a notice posted Tuesday on FedBizOpps.gov. The agency awarded a contract to the Center...

US Deputy CTO Steps Down

October 21, 2015 U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ryan Panchadsaram is leaving his White House post, according to a statement provided to Nextgov. After serving in the federal government for three years, starting as a presidential innovation fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, he is moving back to San Francisco...

DOD to Create Database of OPM Breach Victims

October 15, 2015 Just weeks after the federal government began notifying employees and contractors whose personal information was stolen in a massive data breach, the Defense Department is proposing a plan to create a temporary database to keep track of the hack victims. Once the federal government has determined and documented whether an...

The Federal Register's Archives Go Digital

October 14, 2015 The Federal Register is moving 1.8 million pages -- covering government regulations from the era of the New Deal to Bill Clinton's first term -- into cyberspace. The Federal Register and the Government Publishing Office have recently joined forces to digitize the register’s documents created between 1936 and 1994. They...

NASA Space Satellites Helped Forecast South Carolina Flooding

October 13, 2015 Floating hundreds of miles above the floods in South Carolina, NASA satellites have helped coordinate the response to the Earth-based catastrophe. The space agency mobilized its network of satellites to both confirm the amount of precipitation that fell in South Carolina’s recent record-breaking rainfall and then forecast the amount of...

House Inspector General: 'Everybody' Needs to Fight in the Current Cyberwar

October 8, 2015 Whether it’s a nation state-sponsored hack or simply a teenager with a laptop, Congress comes under cyberattack on a daily basis, said House of Representatives Inspector General Theresa Grafenstine. But this is not a challenge specific to the House. The country is in the middle of a cyberwar, she told...

Census Packs Plan for 2020 Count With New Tech

October 7, 2015 From offering Internet response options to equipping fieldworkers with mobile devices, the Census Bureau has big tech plans for its decennial count. On Tuesday, the bureau released its 2020 Census Operational Plan, a detailed outline of how it will carry out its nationwide population count. And if all goes according...

Trade Group's FITARA Maturity Model Could Help Agencies with 2017 Budget

October 6, 2015 Almost a year after Congress approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, meant to give chief information officers more say in their agency’s IT budget, the legislation’s effectiveness has hit its latest test -- the 2017 budget. With its deadline coming up in the winter, this is the first time...

California Lawmaker Wants New ‘Cyber Hygiene’ Standards from NIST, FTC

October 2, 2015 In an effort to get federal agencies and private companies to start practicing basic cyber hygiene, a California lawmaker wants government regulators to develop new best practices aimed at boosting public and private sector network security. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif, whose district includes part of Silicon Valley, introduced the “Promoting...

White House Cybersecurity Official Steps Down

October 1, 2015 The White House’s senior director for cybersecurity, Ari Schwartz, left his post Wednesday after more than two years on the job, according to an administration official. Nothing prompted his departure from his position on the National Security Council; Schwartz simply decided it was time to move on, the official told...