Dunkin, Cavallo, Kent, GAO to Testify at Jan. 20 FITARA 13.0 Hearing
The House Government Operations Subcommittee has confirmed scheduling for its Jan. 20 hearing on the 13th edition of the FITARA Scorecard issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee that grades major Federal agencies for progress across a range of IT-related goals.
Democratic Lawmakers Introduce 5.1% Federal Pay Raise Bill
Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would give Federal employees an average 5.1 percent pay raise in 2023. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, in the House, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
Senate Clears Supply Chain Security Bill
The Senate this week approved bipartisan legislation that would create a cyber training program for Federal employees, aimed to help protect the Federal government against cyberattacks and supply chain security vulnerabilities.
GDIT’s Gilliland Discusses Vital System Integrator Role, Zero Trust Demand
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) President Amy Gilliland talked about the vital role that system integrators play for Federal agencies, along with growing agency appetite for zero trust security technologies, during an address to the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) on Jan. 14.
Reps. Clarke, Torres Seek Answers from CISA on MFA Implementation
Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., and Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., are seeking more information on efforts by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) efforts to reduce security risks to Federal networks through the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Reps. Clarke, Katko: Cyber Incident Reporting a Legislative Priority in Cyber for 2022
After a surprising failure to get mandatory cyber incident reporting included in the fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., and John Katko, R-N.Y., called the issue a top cybersecurity legislative priority for 2022.
White House Releases Report on Protecting Scientific Integrity
In a report on the National Science and Technology Council, the Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee spotlighted different approaches for how the Federal government can protect government science.
Agencies can’t secure what they can’t see. CISA’s Sean Connelly and Gigamon’s Michael Dickman examine how to achieve persistent visibility.
Army CIO: ADTS Key Objectives for 2022
For 2022 the United States Army is once again zeroed in on its digital transformation, specifically focusing on six key areas – cloud, cyber, data, application modernization, network, and service delivery and user experience.
GAO Shares Lessons Agencies Learned From SolarWinds Attack
After studying the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks for the past year, the Government Accountability Organization (GAO) detailed the lessons agencies learned and ten critical actions still needed to address major cybersecurity challenges in a new report.
Mission Integration Key to Federal AI Adoption
As Federal agencies look to further adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, experts both in government and industry are stressing the importance of making sure AI is mission-integrated, and that agencies are moving towards a more distributed AI approach.
IRS Preparing for New $700M Digital Platform Contract
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is preparing to rebid a contract for the digital platform that connects taxpayers, paid tax preparers, and IRS employees to agency systems.
Appgate, Rackspace Officials Talk Teamwork on Fed Zero Trust Mandate
One plus one still equals two, but when two providers of services vital to executing on the Federal government's zero trust security migration mandate are the ones leveraging each other's strengths, then the equation yields an extra boost through force multiplication.
ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force to Tackle SBOM in 2022
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force has met for the first time this calendar year, and designated work on a software bill of materials (SBOM) as one of its primary priorities for 2022, according to a Jan. 11 press release.
DoD Launches University Consortium for Cybersecurity
The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched the DoD University Consortium for Cybersecurity (UC2) to better facilitate communication between the Secretary of Defense and academia, and fulfilling a requirement from the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, DoD announced Jan. 10.
DHS I&A Nominee Fields Queries on Facial Rec, Ransomware at Senate Hearing
Kenneth Wainstein, the Biden administration’s nominee to become undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), fielded questions on several tech-related issues from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee at a Jan. 12 committee hearing to consider his nomination.
Space Force Leaning on Industry for Innovative Tech
The U.S. Space Force, the smallest and newest military branch, is looking to industry to serve as a leader in a number of innovative technology areas and to successfully collaborate with the service branch, according to Lisa Costa, Space Force’s chief technology and innovation officer.
DoE Grid Overhaul Project Aims to Mitigate Physical, Cyber Threats
The Department of Energy (DoE) announced plans to upgrade the U.S. electricity grid with a major aim of helping to protect vital energy infrastructure against supply disruptions caused by environmental, physical, and cyberattacks, and to minimize the impact of supply disruptions.
SLG Cybersecurity Act Clears Senate
The Senate this week approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, which would promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments.
Federal Agencies Require More Work to Be Cyber Ready
Improving cybersecurity has become the key to better protecting critical infrastructure and meeting mission needs within the government space, but according to an official from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Federal agencies still have a long way to go to be cyber-ready.
DoD IG: Formalized Documentation Process Needed for Project Maven
Department of Defense (DoD) components have successfully monitored and managed four contracts and one cooperative agreement for the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT) – otherwise known as Project Maven – but the team failed to document its approach to monitoring metrics, processes, and procedures.
CISA, Industry Warn of Threat Actors Burrowing in Log4j for Future Attacks
Officials from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and within the cybersecurity industry are warning of the potential for threat actors to have already exploited the Log4j vulnerability, but are waiting to pull the trigger on any planned exploits until focus on the vulnerability abates.