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White House Wants to Give Agencies New Pot of Money to Upgrade Legacy IT

February 9, 2016 The White House is seeking Congress’ help to establish a multibillion-dollar fund that federal agencies could use to upgrade aging computer networks prone to cyberattacks and system failures. As part of a planned Cybersecurity National Action Plan announced today, the Obama administration wants permission to establish a $3.1 billion revolving...

Contracting Docs: OPM Seeks to Tighten IT Security of Background Investigation Companies

February 5, 2016 Contractors that conduct background investigations for the federal government will have to report information security incidents to the Office of Personnel Management within half an hour, are required to use smartcards as a second layer of security when logging on to agency networks and must agree to let OPM inspect...

Digital Government? Agencies Still Thinking Too Small, Study Says

February 4, 2016 Nearly three quarters of federal officials say embracing digital technology has led to productivity gains, but precious few say they are fully leveraging new capabilities, such as data analytics and cloud computing, to wholesale transform how they do business. What’s the hold-up? Blame the budget, heightened concerns about cybersecurity and...

Tweeting at a Federal Agency? The New ‘US Digital Registry’ Can Tell You for Sure

January 28, 2016 A new registry of verified government social media accounts could help the public beware of online digital doppelgängers and allow developers to create tailored applications that pull in data from thousands of official government social media accounts. The U.S. Digital Registry aims to be the authoritative source for all official...

Here’s How the Pentagon Plans to Protect Security Clearance Data

January 25, 2016 The new IT systems storing background investigation forms on millions of federal employees and contractors will use encryption to camouflage sensitive data. Parts of the system may be disconnected from the Internet. And Defense Department software engineers will follow a modular approach to designing the new systems to make them...

After OPM Hack, Security-Clearance Requests Will Run Through the Pentagon

January 23, 2016 In the continuing aftermath of the massive hack of sensitive records stored by the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration announced today it’s shifting the responsibility for conducting background investigations of sensitive personnel to the Defense Department In the future, files containing personal information on security clearance seekers—the same...

After OPM Hack, Pentagon to Store and Secure Sensitive Security Clearance Docs

January 22, 2016 In the continuing aftermath of the massive hack of sensitive records stored by the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration announced today it’s shifting the responsibility for storing background investigations of sensitive personnel to the Defense Department In the future, files containing personal information on security clearance seekers --...

Will the U.S. Digital Service Outlast Obama?

January 21, 2016 One of the Obama administration’s original digital gurus doesn’t have high hopes the White House’s signature effort to infuse new tech talent into government will last much beyond Jan. 20, 2017. The U.S. Digital Service -- a small band of engineers, programmers and coders who help get troubled IT projects...

Industry Ideas for Boosting Gov’t Cybersecurity: Go Back to the Basics

January 20, 2016 A new report on ways the government can tackle persistent cybersecurity challenges contains a crowdsourced list of best practices from industry and government experts compiled in the wake of the massive Office of Personnel Management hack. But one thing the report doesn’t contain: any surprises or secrets. Simply by getting...

Survey: CIOs Struggle to Measure Success in Dollars and Cents

January 19, 2016 Thanks to a 2014 IT reform law aiming to empower agency chief information officers, members of the federal C-suite say they’re collaborating to better manage major IT investments. That’s according to a new survey of agency CIOs, chief financial officers and procurement executives published Jan. 19 by the Association of...