Cybersecurity

DOD's Open Cyber Recommendations Date Back to 2012

The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General points out longstanding unmet requests in a report rounding up recent cybersecurity oversight.

Emerging Tech

Why 2 Lawmakers Turned to AI to Advocate for Its Own Regulation

The congressmen have been using artificial intelligence systems to write Congressional texts, as they push for both regulation and innovation in the field.

CXO Briefing

Republicans Announce New Congressional Cyber Subcommittee Leadership

A New York Republican is taking over a powerful House Homeland Security subcommittee tasked with overseeing efforts to improve federal network security and the nation’s cyber defense agency.

Emerging Tech

FTC Votes to Finalize Data Security Order for Ed Tech Website

The FTC issued another set of requirements for online businesses handling sensitive consumer data following multiple data breaches.

Policy

GAO Identifies Fraud Risks in FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program

The FCC “may not be able to effectively prevent and detect fraud” in its program that offers low-income households discounts on internet services and connected devices, according to a review by the Government Accountability Office.

CXO Briefing

GAO Pegs Unemployment Insurance Fraud Tally at More Than $60 billion

At the same time, the congressional watchdog cautioned that governmentwide fraud estimates are potentially dicey.

Cybersecurity

Majority of GAO's Cyber Recommendations Since 2010 Have Gone Unresolved

A new watchdog report found that the White House needs to do more to improve cybersecurity practices across federal agencies, including issuing a more holistic national cybersecurity strategy.

Cybersecurity

Monitoring and Funding Concerns Could Undermine DOD’s Secure Unclassified Network, IG Says

A report from DOD’s Office of Inspector General said that a lack of secure funding for the system places mission-critical activities “at risk of termination due to non-compliance with cybersecurity requirements.”

CXO Briefing

Former Oversight Chair: Republicans Just Want to ‘Investigate and Destroy’

Former Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., decried the direction of her former committee and Republican priorities in the new Congress. 

Emerging Tech

NTIA Announces Request for Comment on Intersection of Data and Civil Rights

The head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration said the agency’s inquiry “will help us analyze the outsized consequences that data practices can have on marginalized communities.”

Policy

NASA Needs Better International Cooperation Framework for Artemis Missions, IG Says

The watchdog made 10 recommendations to the agency to improve international collaboration and help reduce costs.

IT Modernization

Air Force Can Do More to Advance Its JADC2 Contribution, Watchdog Says

The Government Accountability Office said that “more needs to be done” to develop plans for the Air Force’s component of the militarywide tactical network.

IT Modernization

NASA Spent $35 Million on ‘Wasteful’ Software Licenses and Fees, Report Says

NASA’s current software management operations put it years away from achieving a centralized and consolidated enterprise computing model, according to its inspector general.

News

House Oversight Committee Probes GSA Administrator’s Telework

The GOP-led committee is seeking details about Robin Carnahan's telework arrangements.

Cybersecurity

Interior’s Cyber Practices Allow for Easily Crackable Passwords, Watchdog Finds

An OIG investigation found that the Interior Department has not fully implemented multifactor authentication and that its “outdated and ineffective” password requirements leave employees’ accounts vulnerable to exploitation.

IT Modernization

Watchdog: Justice Dept. Lags on Implementing Tech, Supply Chain Recommendations

An inspector general's report issued Thursday noted that as of Nov. 30, the department has more than 700 recommendations that had not yet been fully implemented, some more than three years old.

Cybersecurity

Military Branches Losing Expensive Cyber Talent to the Private Sector, Watchdog Says

The Government Accountability Office found that the lack of required service time commitments within some of the military branches is making it difficult to retain personnel who have completed expensive and advanced cyber courses.

Data

Watchdog: Most Agencies Behind on Personal Data Disclosure Guidance

The Government Accountability Office found that only one out of 17 agencies implemented guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.

Policy

GAO Dings OMB on Performance Goals for Agencies’ IT Management

The federal CISO’s plan for getting agencies to focus on cybersecurity measures the administration considers most urgent did not go over so well in a shifting Congress.

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