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4 Charts That Explain the State of Agency Cybersecurity after the OPM Hack

August 4, 2015 Following the massive breach of federal employee files precipitated by a series of cyberintrusions at the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration ordered agencies to immediately tighten network defenses during a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint.” The results are now in. The White House posted details from the cyber review online...

Will Digital Service Funding Survive Congressional Penny Pinching?

July 29, 2015 The White House’s U.S. Digital Service team, which is approaching its first birthday and has staffed up over the past year with top techies from Silicon Valley, is getting tight-fisted treatment from lawmakers in the spending bills being hashed out on Capitol Hill. The Obama administration’s plan to embed similar...

OPM Says Background Check System Now Back Online after Security Tweaks

July 23, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday afternoon announced it’s beginning to restore access to an online system used to process background investigations. Officials had yanked the system offline last month after uncovering a vulnerability during a security review. The system outage came weeks after OPM first announced personal information...

OPM Cyber Spending to Get a Budget Boost -- But Is It Enough?

July 23, 2015 A Senate panel Thursday approved a $21 million increase for the Office of Personnel Management to fix IT security vulnerabilities -- the full amount requested by the Obama administration earlier this year -- but blocked a more expensive measure that would have further accelerated OPM’s cyber upgrades. The Republican-controlled appropriations...

Is Post-Breach Credit Monitoring Useful? Lawmakers Ask GAO to Review

July 21, 2015 Following the mammoth hack of employee records at the Office of Personnel Management, lawmakers want the Government Accountability Office to review the effectiveness of credit-monitoring and identity-theft protection services being offered to federal employees and victims of similar breaches in the private sector. The use of such services, which monitor...

Why It Still Sucks to Be a CIO in Government and What a New Law Can Do About It

July 16, 2015 In the wake of the massive breach of federal records at the Office of Personnel Management, the agency’s chief information officer, Donna Seymour, faced intense criticism over her handling of IT security. Unpatched critical vulnerabilities had languished, sensitive information was left unencrypted and basic measures, such as two-factor authentication, were...

Here’s Everything the White House Says It’s Done on Cyber in 2015

July 13, 2015 As news coverage of the devastating hack at the Office of Personnel Management first began intensifying last month, the White House called on agencies to complete a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint" to immediately plug security holes over the next month. That 30-day exercise, which included replacing notoriously insecure password-only sign-ons with...

Can Silicon Valley Save Federal IT?

July 8, 2015 This story appears in the July-August issue of Government Executive magazine. In early June, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park appeared at the Health and Human Services Department’s annual techie conference in Washington, the wackily named Health Datapalooza. He was seeking new recruits for the White House U.S. Digital...

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Invasion of the Innovators

July 8, 2015 In early June, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park appeared at the Health and Human Services Department’s annual techie conference in Washington, the wackily named Health Datapalooza. He was seeking new recruits for the White House U.S. Digital Service, an office he says combines the forward-looking ethos of the...

Senator Wants Watchdog to Poke Around for More Flaws in OPM’s Security Clearance Systems

July 7, 2015 Last week, officials at the Office of Personnel Management temporarily pulled the plug on an online tool used to submit background check forms because a security review had turned up an unspecified vulnerability. Now, a senator who sits on a key Senate subcommittee is pressing the agency’s inspector general to...