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New Federal Action Plan for Cybersecurity ‘Days Away’ From Being Released

October 22, 2015 A new action plan designed to plug long-festering gaps in federal agencies’ information security policies is set to be released any day now. Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott on Tuesday said his office was “days away” from issuing the “Cybersecurity Sprint Implementation Plan,” which is a follow-up to the...

OMB Unveils Major Rewrite of Federal IT Policy

October 21, 2015 The White House on Wednesday unveiled a broad rewrite of the federal government’s strategy for buying, managing and securing agency IT systems. The Office of Management and Budget Circular A-130, as it’s known, hasn’t been significantly update since the pre-smartphone days of 2000. A 2014 update to federal cybersecurity legislation...

Federal CIO Wants New Policy for Refreshing Aging Federal IT Systems

October 20, 2015 Last week, the White House issued tough new guidance limiting contracts for laptops and desktops to a handful of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, seeking to tame a proliferation of one-off commodity IT purchases and leverage the federal government’s buying power. It’s the first in a new series of moves federal Chief...

OMB Tells Agencies: No New Contracts for Desktops, Laptops

October 16, 2015 The Office of Management and Budget is prohibiting federal agencies from issuing new awards or solicitations for laptop or desktop computers and directing them to limit those types of purchases to governmentwide contracting vehicles. The new policy was announced Friday by federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott and Administrator of...

New VA CIO Issues Cyber Strategy, Wants to Tackle ‘Quick Wins’

October 16, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs' new top tech official can check off “job No. 1” from her lengthy to-do list. LaVerne Council, the assistant VA secretary for information and technology and the agency’s chief information officer, said the agency submitted an enterprise cybersecurity strategy to Congress on Sept. 28, ahead...

What’s Next for Digital Government? Look Beyond ‘Silicon Valley Superheroes’

October 14, 2015 Much has been made of the federal government’s attempts to attract top-flight tech talent from Silicon Valley. Over the past few years, the Obama administration has launched two teams of digital fixers -- the 18F team at the General Services Administration and the White House’s U.S. Digital Service team --...

Government’s Cyber Education Programs Need Reboot

October 9, 2015 Nearly 200 colleges and universities that offer degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and other fields have been certified by the National Security Agency as “centers of academic excellence” for their cybersecurity coursework. But the Pentagon needs to do a better job tracking how many graduates of these NSA-vetted schools...

Why Are Federal IT Workers So Miserable?

October 8, 2015 More than one-third of federal information technology workers don’t think their organizations can recruit top talent. Fewer than half are satisfied with the training they receive on the job. And a sizable chunk of federal techies say they may not stick around much longer. The gloomy picture of life as...

Congressman: OPM Hack Data Being Used to Attempt Identity Theft

October 6, 2015 A Democratic congressman who says his personal information was stolen in two massive data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management now says his information is being used in attempted identity-theft schemes. “In the last three weeks, I’ve had people use my data from that breach to apply for credit...

House Committee Mandates New DHS Cyber Strategy

October 2, 2015 Two weeks after a watchdog report uncovered a lack of coordination in the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts, a key House committee voted to require the agency to report to Congress on a new cybersecurity strategy. The House Homeland Security Committee on Sept. 30 approved a bipartisan measure sponsored...