The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions today that will target “three North Korean state-sponsored malicious cyber groups responsible for North Korea’s malicious cyber activity on critical infrastructure.” […]

Cyber Security Brainstorm

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) did not set an adequate level of access controls for its Beneficiary Fiduciary Field System (BFFS), which put personally identifiable information (PII) and personal health information (PHI) at risk, according to a report released September 12 by VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).






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The General Services Administration (GSA) announced Sept. 12 that it selected Carahsoft Technology and Grant Thornton for the first task orders under its NewPay blanket purchase agreement that aims to modernize Federal payroll services.






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The Senate voted today 54-38 to approve the nomination of Dale Cabaniss as Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a four-year term.






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As Federal agencies continue on the long road to digital transformation, David Harrity, General Services Administration Enterprise Infrastructure Operations Associate CIO, today highlighted the fundamental steps agencies should take to become “digital enterprises.”






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Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) struggled during the agency’s move to a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecom solution, raising concerns for future IT modernization efforts, according to an NRC inspector general’s report released September 5.






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Mark Bathrick, director of the Interior Department’s Office of Aviation Services, spoke today at the Brookings Institution about his agency’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) including cost savings that the technology makes possible, and the future of airspace regulation as drone technologies continue to advance.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced today their three grand prize winners of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge, with each of the winners receiving an award of $300,000.






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While two teams made up of Federal and industry IT executives battled for honors out on the cricket pitch under brilliant sunshine on Saturday, the biggest winner of the day was the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro), which raised thousands at the annual event to benefit members of the U.S. military and their families.






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Privacy issues

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft version of its Privacy Framework in a notice on the Federal Register today, making some changes from the discussion draft released this spring and moving closer to the final version.






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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that its Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) platform, Colosseum, will be transferred to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for wireless spectrum research and development after the challenge concludes in October.






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