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Intelligence Chief: OPM Hack Was Not a ‘Cyberattack’

September 10, 2015 The mammoth data breach of millions of background investigation forms at the Office of Personnel Management was one of the largest cybercrimes ever perpetrated against the U.S. government, according to federal officials. But one thing it wasn’t? A cyberattack. At least in the true sense of the term, according to...

Plan for Responding to Barrage of Agency Hacks Coming this Fall, Federal CIO Says

September 10, 2015 New federal guidelines laying out recommendations for better securing federal agencies computer networks and responding to cybersecurity incidents are coming this fall, U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said Wednesday. The new recommendations will build on the 30-day “cybersecurity sprint” mandated by Scott’s office in the wake of the massive...

Government Will Actually Spend $330 Million to Protect Victims of the OPM Hack

September 2, 2015 Federal officials announced Tuesday they had awarded a $133 million contract to provide identity-theft protections to the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors affected by the hack of background investigation files stored by the Office of Personnel Management. But the true cost of the contract will actually be well more...

Federal Agencies Vie for Spot at South by Southwest Tech Conference

September 1, 2015 Two intelligence agencies, scientists from the Department of Homeland Security and smart-car experts from the Transportation Department. Those are just some of the government personnel angling for speaking spots at next year’s South by Southwest tech confabulation. The event, which promotes innovative ideas spanning technology, music and film, doesn’t actually...

OMB, Treasury Hammer Out Final DATA Act Standards

August 31, 2015 The federal government has finalized more than four dozen data standards that agencies will use to more consistently report federal spending information. The new data standards -- a key part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act -- also aim to make it easier for the public...

Why Federal CIO Tony Scott Hates the End-of-Year IT Spending Spree

August 27, 2015 The end-of-the-year spending spree -- in which agencies cram contract spending into the last quarter of the fiscal year -- is a time-honored tradition in government contracting. And Tony Scott, one of the Obama administration's top tech officials, hates it. Since being named the federal chief information officer in February,...

Federal CIO: Cybersecurity Policies Lacked ‘Urgency’ Before OPM Hack

August 26, 2015 Shortly after Tony Scott became the federal government’s chief information officer in February, some of the Obama administration’s keystone tech policies -- including cybersecurity and cloud computing -- “felt like they were languishing a little bit and maybe had lost a sense of urgency,” the former corporate IT executive says....

Pentagon Plans to Spend $132 Million on Credit Monitoring for DOD's OPM Hack Victims

August 25, 2015 The Defense Department plans to spend $132 million to pay for credit-monitoring services for Pentagon workers and contractors affected by the massive hack of federal background investigation files. That’s according to a July 28 “reprogramming” request, signed by DOD Comptroller Mike McCord, asking permission from Congress to shift funds around...

Bill Would Require Agencies to Keep Track of ‘Critical’ Cyber Workforce Shortages

August 21, 2015 A new bipartisan Senate bill aims to accelerate the federal government’s recruitment of cybersecurity experts by mandating the use of a previously voluntary classification system to identify “critical” shortages in the ranks of the federal government’s cyber workforce. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.,...

House Oversight Chief Probes OPM Hack Timeline

August 20, 2015 The chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is probing the origins of the massive hack of federal employees’ background investigations files disclosed by Office of Personnel Management earlier this year. OPM officials revealed in June and July two related hacks of federal computer networks: one affecting personnel files...