Policy

The Hack Roundup: White House Sanctions Russia over SolarWinds

Agencies involved in response also issued advisories on the hackers' tactics while Microsoft offered federal customers free trials of an auditing tool.

House Bill Would Direct Feds to Use Drones, Remote Sensors in U.S. Reforestation Efforts

The legislation calls for a five-year pilot program aimed at removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Bill Would Prohibit Sale of Americans’ Personal Data to Adversarial Countries

The proposal would establish an interagency group to categorize data, then develop a list of countries banned from importing individuals’ data that could threaten national security.

Human Rights Organizations Call for Corporate Ban on Facial Recognition Tech

The organizations called facial recognition "inherently discriminatory and dangerous."

No Domestic Surveillance Authorities Needed, NSA Director Reiterates

Instead, Gen. Paul Nakasone and other intelligence community leaders want better public-private partnerships to address “blind spots” in the cyber realm.

Congress Gave OMB $1B for IT Upgrades. Now It Wants to Know How It Will Be Spent

Lawmakers want to know which projects will get prioritized and which will be recused from repaying the fund.

Survey: 69% of Women Under Age 30 Say COVID-19 Has Harmed Their Mental Health

Women are more likely to have experienced psychological consequences from the public health crisis. The health care system may not be equipped to respond.

Pentagon Launched New Innovation Steering Group

The announcement came during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing highlighting Defense budget tensions. 

IRS Commissioner Calls for Multiyear Funding to Help Recoup Potential $1T Tax Gap

Charles Rettig told senators the agency needs increased resources to address aging tech systems and years of personnel cuts. 

Agencies Have Till Midnight April 15 to Apply New Microsoft Exchange Patches

Four of the 95 vulnerabilities Microsoft released as part of its monthly “patch Tuesday” were identified by the National Security Agency.

The Biden Administration’s Cybersecurity Roadmap

Making some changes to how the federal government buys cyber tools is one of the things the new Homeland Security secretary has mentioned.

Digital Innovations Will Enhance CX in Government and Timing Couldn’t Be Better

But it’s important to remember that the citizen experience is about more than just the latest technology tools.

White House Names National Cyber Director, CISA Chief

The administration also announced nominees for other Homeland Security Department leaders. 

Biden Budget Requests Major Investments for Federal Technology and Cybersecurity

The 1.5 trillion budget would give the Technology Modernization Fund and CISA big increases as well as launch new advanced research projects agencies.

How CDOs Can Tackle the Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan 

Chief data officers will be making quick decisions that have far-reaching implications for their organizations.

White House to Seek Industry Input on New Software Security Rules, NSC Official Says

The administration wants to make sure the private sector has the ability to weigh in on procurement standards in an impending executive order.