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IT Modernization Bill Clears Senate as Part of Defense Authorization Bill

September 18, 2017 The Modernizing Government Technology Act—and several other tech amendments—passed the Senate as part of the annual defense appropriations bill. The $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense personnel, policy and spending, passed by a vote of 89 to 8 Monday evening. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Tom Udall,...

GSA Shakes Up Federal Acquisition Leadership

September 18, 2017 The General Service Administration announced multiple Federal Acquisition Service leadership changes today, including making long-time IT and acquisition leader Mary Davie the permanent deputy assistant FAS commissioner and shifting some 18F staff. FAS Commissioner Alan Thomas told GSA staff today the agency was dropping the “acting” from Davie’s position and...

DATA Act: Agile's First Governmentwide Win

July 11, 2017 The successful but anticlimactic launch of the website housing the federal spending data may have also created a blueprint for other modernization projects. “I can't speak highly enough about the technical approach we took,” Dave Lebryk, fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department, told the audience at the final DATA...

NSA Updates List of Tech Ready For Commercialization

July 3, 2017 The National Security Agency recently updated a list of tools it hopes to transfer to the private sector. The agency’s Technology Transfer Program aims to turn some of its research and development projects into viable commercial products by issuing patent license agreements with businesses of all sizes. » Get the...

Is a Cabinet-Level CIO the Future of Government I.T.?

June 29, 2017 The push to purge out-of-date, unsecure IT systems from the federal government has a least one White House adviser wondering whether services should be consolidated into a single agency. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told the DATA Act Summit audience in Washington that White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is grappling...

4 Internet Crimes Trends to Know

June 22, 2017 Internet crimes such as business wire fraud, ransomware, tech support scams and extortion led to more than $1.3 billion in losses in 2016, according to the FBI. The bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, released its annual report Thursday and last year alone it handled 298,728 complaints—though it estimates...

If You're Going to Set a Cyber Trap, Don't Do This

June 20, 2017 If you go to a conference, be wary of charging stations for mobile devices. If you’re an agency setting up a cyber sting, be sure to follow the rules. An Energy Department cyber office decided to test conference goers at the 2016 Cyber Conference in Atlanta with fake charging machines...

DHS Re-awards $1B Cyber Contract to Protect Government Networks

June 19, 2017 The Homeland Security Department re-awarded a $1 billion contract to support the system that provides cyber protection to agencies across government. Raytheon will support DHS’ next-generation National Cybersecurity Protection System, known as Einstein, after a series of bid protests from Northrop Grumman since the initial contract award in September 2015....

3 Lessons Agencies Need to Learn from WannaCry

June 15, 2017 Federal government systems escaped the global outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware, but agencies can glean lessons to fend off whatever comes next, experts told lawmakers Thursday. “Federal systems were fortunately spared from WannaCry, but we want to make sure they’re spared in a more sophisticated attack,” said Rep. Darin LaHood,...

CSRA Sponsored the U.S. Flag Emoji Because That’s a Thing You Can Do

June 14, 2017 In celebration of Flag Day, a government contractor adopted the American flag emoji. CSRA, an IT and professional services provider, announced Wednesday it officially sponsored the emoji through the Unicode Consortium’s Adopt-a-Character program because of an employee’s nudge. Chris Leonard, a scientific review manager, suggested CSRA adopt the American flag...