Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Scott Taylor, R-Va., introduced the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act, a bill that would establish a bug bounty program that encourages white-hat hackers to search for and report vulnerabilities within DHS systems. […]

Darron Makrokanis, vice president of Federal for Tenable Network Security, said the cybersecurity executive order’s time frames are a “bit aggressive,” but the emphasis on cybersecurity is a step in the right direction. Makrokanis will be speaking at Tenable’s GovProtect discussion on June 21.






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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency tweeted June 5 that David Bray will assume the new role of chief ventures officer. Bray, chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, will be tasked with driving internal and commercial innovation when he moves to the NGA in July.






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The Federal Election Commission launched its new website in order to make campaign finance data more user-friendly. The website includes all open-sourced data for the first time in the agency’s history. The website was built from scratch by FEC employees and 18F.






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MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.






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Government officials predict that though getting all Federal agencies to comply with the recent Cybersecurity Executive Order and the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) bill will be difficult, the outcomes will be very beneficial for government.






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Machine learning and artificial intelligence are needed to bridge the gap between the volume of government intelligence data and the number of people capable of analyzing it, according to Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA).






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Whether it’s the impression that everyone already has a cloud or very real Federal technology mandates, many organizations are feeling intense pressure to “Buy a cloud.” But do you really want to buy a cloud? It’s more likely that you want to solve a very real business problem, stretch your budget or resources, or enable new capabilities within your organization. In this eBook, we’ll explain why buying a cloud shouldn’t be an end-goal in and of itself.






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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act of 2017, which requires Internet service providers to get permission to sell users’ data.






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A broad range of experts in FedRAMP, Cloud, and IT Modernization will gather at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on June 7 to discuss the future of cloud acquisition in the Federal government. MeriTalk’s “The Modernization Movement: Cloud for Next-Gen Government” event will take an in-depth look at the trajectory of Federal cloud acquisition and what it means for government and industry.






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Nine of the 24 agencies evaluated under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act are currently guided by acting chief information officers, raising the question of whether IT modernization efforts will be stalled.






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The deadline for Federal contractors to complete insider threat training programs under a Department of Defense rule change arrives on May 31, and Bay Dynamics Federal Systems Engineer Thomas Jones calls the mandate an “excellent first step” in improving protections against insider threats.






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With growing data, shrinking budgets, and a goal to close 52% of all data centers by 2018, Feds are turning to cloud, “as-a-Service,” and OpEx vs. CapEx dollars. Agencies can “buy what they use” vs. “buy what they forecast,” improving cost control, asset management, and capacity planning across the enterprise.






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A group of prominent technology companies wrote a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asking Congress to reform the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers. The technology companies include Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Google, and Microsoft.






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Rob Joyce, cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, has the opportunity to heal tensions between the intelligence community and the technology industry in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack.






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