IT Modernization

Governments View Open Source as Critical for Enhancing Digital Services, Experts Say

The U.S. government is “still in the process of organizing and coordinating” its own strategy around the use of open source software, according to a CISA official.

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investigation found that the Interior Department has not fully implemented multifactor authentication and that its “outdated and ineffective” password requirements leave employees’ accounts vulnerable to exploitation.

Cybersecurity

FCC Rule Would Require Telecom Providers to Immediately Disclose Sensitive Data Breaches

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rule would require telecommunications providers to immediately notify consumers and federal agencies about any breaches involving “customer proprietary network information.”

Policy

FTC Proposes Ban on Noncompetes, Which Agency Says Stifle Innovation

Opponents of noncompetes have long argued that the agreements have a harmful impact on competition, particularly on the tech sector’s ability to develop cutting-edge devices and services.

Emerging Tech

FDA Set to Issue Final Rule Classifying VR Therapy Device for Pain Relief

The FDA said the class II designation for AppliedVR’s virtual reality medical device for the treatment of chronic lower back pain will “enhance patients’ access to beneficial innovation.”

News

Biden Renominates Sohn to Serve as 5th FCC Commissioner

The president’s choice to double down on Gigi Sohn’s appointment to the Federal Communications Commission comes after her previous nomination stalled in the Senate for over a year. 

Emerging Tech

DHS Tech Office Develops a Portable Gunshot Detection System

The new gunfire detection tool can be deployed in temporary locations and is designed to reduce instances of false positives.

IT Modernization

Despite Issues, VA’s EHR Deployment Remains Scheduled to Pick Up in Mid-2023

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress are continuing to support the rollout of the agency’s new electronic health record system, even as lawmakers remain concerned about the project’s cost and effectiveness.

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.

News

Lawmakers Highlight Cyber, New Tech and Space in Proposed Spending Bill

The $1.7 trillion omnibus introduced by lawmakers on Tuesday would spur on investments in cutting-edge technologies, cyber defense and space during the 2023 fiscal year.

Cybersecurity

DHS Seeks Ideas for Automated Cyberattack Detectors in Annual Notice

The annual solicitation from the Small Business Innovation Research program seeks proposals for addressing seven different technology issues facing the Department of Homeland Security.

IT Modernization

Thousands of US Telecom Workers Needed to Deploy Broadband, Watchdog Says

The Government Accountability Office found “mixed evidence” that there is a shortage of skilled workers needed to carry out broadband deployment efforts.

Emerging Tech

Veterans Health Administration, Verizon Working to Test 5G Drone Technology

An innovation hub at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is undertaking a pilot program to test and deploy 5G drones and related technologies to improve safety.

IT Modernization

DHS Celebrates Digitization, Streamlining Efforts to Improve Customer Experience

The Homeland Security Department’s list of CX improvements comes in response to the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s December 2021 executive order focused on streamlining public-facing services.

News

VA Cancels Future Deployments of New Supply Chain Management System

The agency’s decision to transition away from using the Defense Department’s supply chain logistics solution comes after lawmakers and the VA’s Office of Inspector General questioned the system’s value.

Emerging Tech

GDIT-Led Coalition Working to Drive 5G Adoption Across Government

The coalition includes Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Splunk and T-Mobile.

News

'It's a Great Time' for Laid off Tech Workers to Take a Job at VA, Agency CIO Says

During a media call on Friday, the VA’s CIO and CTO discussed the department’s efforts to attract new talent amid thousands of layoffs across the tech sector.

Cybersecurity

China's Reported Manipulation of Twitter Draws Lawmaker Questions

Several Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee sent a letter to Twitter CEO Elon Musk expressing national security concerns about reports that Beijing launched an information suppression campaign to hide news of mass public protests.

Policy

Key Cyber and Tech Provisions Included—and Excluded—from the Final NDAA

This year, provisions that were ultimately left out of the massive annual Defense authorization bill—despite in some cases bipartisan agreement across both Congressional chambers—got the most attention.

Emerging Tech

US Export Controls 'in Urgent Need' of a Tech Upgrade, Experts Say

For the cost of “a helicopter or two,” the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security can drastically improve the technology it uses to manage the enforcement of export controls. 

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