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HHS On the Lookout for a Deputy CIO

July 28, 2015 The Department of Health and Human Service is looking for a new deputy chief information officer, according to a new posting on USAJobs.gov. The deputy CIO, reporting directly to HHS CIO Frank Baitman, will work on projects related to cybersecurity, data efficiency, software licensing and cloud strategy, among other topics,...

Watchdog: Water, Power on Pentagon Installations Need Better Protection Planning

July 28, 2015 The Pentagon's current planning system doesn't adequately protect its water and electrical infrastructure from attack, a new report says. The Government Accountability Office's examination of the Defense Department's utility disruptions -- when its water, power and other resources were affected for eight hours more -- suggest the organization must rethink...

NIST Draws up Guidelines for Protecting Medical Patient Data on Mobile Devices

July 24, 2015 The federal government is attempting to ensure that doctors don't inadvertently compromise patient data when they use smartphones to access electronic health records. The National Institutes of Standards in Technology this week released a step-by-step guide for hospitals and IT professionals, listing ways to secure the connection between devices and...

Homeland Security Wants Employees to Beef Up Quant Skills

July 24, 2015 The Department of Homeland wants to turn its analysts into big data experts. DHS is hoping to pilot a new curriculum for its employees, emphasizing quantitative skills such as economic analysis, statistics, data visualization and big data analytics. Earlier this week, DHS posted a solicitation asking universities and other groups...

State Department Seeks Russian-speaking Social Media Maven

July 23, 2015 The State Department wants to be able to communicate directly with hundreds of millions of Russian-language speakers, and could soon be taking to Twitter. The department this week issued a pre-solicitation notice seeking a Russian-speaking vendor with expertise in Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms. Eventually, the department...

Postal Service Lacked ‘Cybersecurity Culture’ Before Hack, Watchdog Says

July 22, 2015 At the time of an enormous data breach last year, the U.S. Postal Service wasn't prioritizing cybersecurity, according to a new report from the agency's Office of the Inspector General. The Postal Service in November 2014 announced it had fallen victim to a "sophisticated" cyber intrusion, compromising the personally identifiable...

Lockheed Martin Could Spin Off Its $6 Billion Government IT Business

July 21, 2015 Lockheed Martin on Monday announced plans to acquire helicopter-maker Sikorsky for $9 billion in cash, prompting analysts to wonder how much bigger the Bethesda-based defense contractor can get. Separately, the company revealed it was considering spinning off its government IT division in an attempt to streamline its services. Lockheed Martin...

Jeh Johnson Says He'll Stop Checking Gmail from Work, 'Probably Should Have Done It Sooner'

July 21, 2015 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson plans to use his smartphone -- not his federally-issued desktop computer -- to access his personal Gmail account, Johnson told an audience in Washington on Wednesday. During a Tuesday morning event hosted by Politico, Johnson addressed reports that he and 28 senior staffers...

Treasury Taps 18F to Craft New $10 Bill's Digital Strategy

July 20, 2015 The Treasury Department asked federal tech team 18F to consult on part of the $10 bill redesign, according to an 18F blog post. The Treasury is currently reworking the $10 bill to feature a woman, to include tactile and high-contrast features for the visually impaired, and to include new security...

Coast Guard Considering Replacing Its Forensics Software

July 17, 2015 The Coast Guard’s digital investigations team is considering a software upgrade. In a new Request for Information, the Department of Homeland Security agency said it was doing market research to decide whether to buy a new software suite for the digital forensic processing of documents and other media. The current...