The Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program expects to announce the award of a new contract this week for dashboard ecosystem technology that will better integrate at both the Federal agency and DHS level security data generated through the CDM program. […]

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Cyber Awareness Act, H.R. 2331 and S. 772, on May 20, and said the bill would cost nothing to implement.






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A new memo released Tuesday, May 22, by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updates the Federal identity, credentials, and access management (ICAM) policy, encouraging the use of more flexible solutions, supporting pilots for new authenticators, and requiring agencies to create an ICAM team.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a list of best practices for securing election systems on May 21.






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The Defense Security Service has awarded a $75 million contract to Perspecta through an other transaction agreement (OTA) that will work to add advanced AI to backend systems and modernize the vetting processes of security clearance personnel for the National Background Investigation Service (NBIS).






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Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee regarding President Trump’s 2020 fiscal year budget, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan stated that the 2020 budget would continue to assist in building up an innovative tower effort at the U.S.-Mexico border.






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House members and witnesses from academia and industry on Tuesday discussed the importance of providing academic programs, tools, and pathways to not only help address the cybersecurity workforce shortage in America, but to also diversify the cybersecurity field.






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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said today he plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit online service providers from collecting data from consumers “any data that is beyond what is necessary for the companies’ online services.”






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The Trump administration’s plan to reorganize the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) ran squarely into bipartisan concerns expressed by House members over a lack of information about the plan to move the agency’s functions to the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).






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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memo today to agency chief human capital officers (CHCOs) encouraging increased workplace flexibilities for employees impacted by the closure of six Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) stations over the summer.






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Due to poor contract management controls, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been overpaying contractors, and has had inadequate invoice reviews for noncompliant invoices that were undetected, a new EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found.






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Use of “shadow IT” – applications, tools, or services that haven’t been approved or secured by an organization’s IT team – has become more ubiquitous across organizations.  But rather than banning the practice, enterprises should find a balance in regulating and allowing it, an ISACA primer released this week said.






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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) still has hackable vulnerabilities in its computer networks, while the Republican National Committee (RNC) performed slightly better than the DNC, but still has gaps to fill, according to a new report.






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The government spends 6.4 percent of its funding on IT, nearly double the 3.3 percent spent on average by industry, leading to billions spent instead of adopting commercial systems, according to a report by the Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) released May 18.






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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the U.S. Air Force announced an agreement on May 20 to launch a program to advance artificial intelligence (AI) in Air Force operations.






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The House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee last week approved an FY2020 defense spending bill that would withhold funding for the Defense Department to move applications to the proposed Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud until the DoD CIO reports to Congress on how the department plans to create a multicloud environment.






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