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Heather Kuldell

Editor-In-Chief, GovExec 360

Heather Kuldell
Heather Kuldell is the editor-in-chief of GovExec 360. Previously, she worked as a managing editor at Nextgov, Federal Times and C4ISR & Networks. She started her journalism career at Creative Loafing, an altweekly based in Atlanta, Ga.

Text messages are federal records and must be saved, DOD orders

After news that Jan. 6 insurrection-related texts were wiped from former Pentagon officials’ phones, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks ordered data on department devices must be retained. 


CISA Offers Tips to Protect Data in Face of Evolving Ransomware Attacks

The cybersecurity agency warned attackers now threaten to sell or leak stolen data, not just render systems unusable.

Digital Government

GSA’s First Centers of Excellence Customer Touts $50M in Cost Avoidance

After three years, the Agriculture Department launched a cloud office, consolidated contact centers and stood up more than a hundred dashboards.


The Hack Roundup: Justice Department Confirms Email Breach

During an extraordinary day of unrest in the Capitol, here are the news and updates you may have missed.


Massive Hack Roundup: Microsoft Says Breach 'Not Espionage as Usual'

Here are the news and updates you may have missed.


What We Know About the SolarWinds Breach

The White House invoked Presidential Policy Directive-41 to coordinate a "whole of government" response.


Reports: Suspected Russian Hackers Breach Commerce, Treasury Departments 

U.S. officials are investigating what data may have been stolen and whether the hack is more widespread.


CISA, FBI Warn that U.S. Think Tanks Are in Hackers’ Crosshairs

The agencies share guidance for shoring up defenses in a remote work environment that can disguise attackers.


Contact Tracers Don’t Need Your Social Security Number or Bank Info, FTC Warns

A new text scam uses coronavirus-response efforts as cover to pump victims for financial information.

Digital Government

Government and Tech Conferences Alter Plans Due to Coronavirus

Here’s a list of conferences canceling, postponing or switching to digital-only events due to the outbreak. 


CISA Still Wants Your Thoughts on Its Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

The agency wants feedback on how the government should accept unsolicited bug reports.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Is Searching for Domestic Drone Options

Acquisition chief Ellen Lord shared details about the Defense Department's efforts to spark a U.S. ecosystem for small unmanned aerial systems and counter technologies.


Esper Recuses Himself from JEDI Cloud Contract Review

The Pentagon’s acquisition team will continue its review of bids submitted by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, as the department’s deputy secretary of defense takes over the process. 


Who Wants to Hack the Army Again?

Active U.S. military, federal civilians and individuals invited by HackerOne can participate in the service’s second bug bounty.