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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) uncovered a list of new information system security weaknesses at the IRS in a report released July 18.

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  1. DHS Looking Into New Sensors for FISMA Tests

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a request for information (RFI) on July 16 for Information Assurance Compliance System (IACS) tools that can support FISMA (Federal Information Security Modernization Act) compliance checks and reporting.

  2. Mobility Federal CIO Council Unveils Federal Mobility Group

    The Federal CIO Council announced in a July 16 blog post that it will launch a Federal Mobility Group (FMG) composed of existing Federal mobile tech programs.

  1. Agencies Seeing Errors With DATA Act Shared Services

    A majority of surveyed agencies who used shared services to comply with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) experienced challenges, which affected the timeliness and accuracy of their submissions, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released July 18.

  2. House E&C Committee Approves Several Cyber Bills

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve four bipartisan bills related to cybersecurity and energy grid security on July 17, and sent those pieces of legislation to the full House for consideration.

  3. House Bill Aims to Bolster U.S. Role in IoT Standards-Setting

    Legislation introduced in the House this week by the co-chairs of the House High-Tech Caucus would order up some initial steps that could lead to the U.S. increasing its influence in creating international standards for internet of things (IoT) devices.

  4. jeanette manfra dhs nppd oc&c assistant secretary CISA’s Manfra Urges Balance Between IT Modernization, Cybersecurity

    Balancing cybersecurity with modernization – as well as strategies that organically create that balance – are critical as Federal agencies work toward modernizing their IT infrastructures, said Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), today.

  1. Report: Federal Funding Needed to Secure 2020 Elections

    The $380 million of Federal funds currently allocated to election security is not sufficient, and additional Federal support will be needed to secure the 2020 election, according to a new report from four nonprofit organizations.

  2. USAF Focusing on Cyber Hygiene in Risk Management Strategy

    Risk management in the modern age is largely about cyber hygiene, said Wanda Jones-Heath, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the U.S. Air Force’s Office of the Deputy CIO, today.

  3. Half of CFO Act Agencies Make CDO Appointment Deadline

    The July 13 deadline for all Federal agencies to install a Chief Data Officer (CDO) has come and gone. Among the 24 CFO Act agencies, half have named a CDO and the other 12 appear to still be working on it.

  4. Agencies Looking to Cloud, Culture, and Data Changes for AI

    With excitement building around automated technologies and garnering support from policymakers, Federal agencies are looking to implement better data practices, cloud computing, and cultural shifts to increase the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Federal officials said this week.

  5. Appeals Court Reverses Decision on Fed Worker Union Protections

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week reversed a lower court’s ruling last year that struck down key sections of three executive orders (EO) President Trump signed related to Federal workforce protections in August 2018.

  6. DoE Talks Cyber Tech as Congress Works Up Grid Modernization Bills

    Energy Department (DoE) officials and energy-sector security experts briefed House members today on a range of cybersecurity initiatives and other tech advancements they could consider as Congress works to create electric grid modernization legislation.

  7. Connolly, Meadows Preview Bill to Boost FedRAMP Efficiency

    Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Subcommittee on Government Reform today previewed their bipartisan effort to create legislation that would codify into law the FedRAMP (Federal Risk Assessment and Management Program) program that standardizes security requirements of cloud services used by the government, and make the FedRAMP program operate more efficiently.

  8. Census Making Progress on IT and Cyber

    The Census Bureau still has work to do to prepare its IT systems and cybersecurity, but during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing, the director of the bureau and Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials noted that the 2020 Census is making progress on IT issues and is on track.

  9. Skipping Generations, Buying in Key to AI Deployment

    In paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) deployment, agencies are still attempting to catch up to modern technology, and National Science Foundation CIO Dorothy Aronson said that skipping generations of technology to catch up may be the best path.

  10. Senate Aging Committee Tackles Robocall Scams

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging heard testimony today regarding the impact of robocall scams on the elderly, as well as how Congress can help put an end to the calls.