A Federal appeals court found that Federal employees have standing to sue the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for harms caused by the agency’s 2015 data breach that affected 21 million people, according to an opinion released June 21.






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Federal agencies have fully implemented 60 percent of IT management-related and 78 percent of security-related recommendations the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued since 2010, and they should continue bolstering their cybersecurity and IT acquisition and operations, according to a new GAO report released June 26.






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The General Services Administration released the proposed list of special item numbers (SINs) and categories for the upcoming consolidated Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), cutting down the number of SINs from over 900 to around 300, the agency announced today in a request for information.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) released its Federal Marketplace (FMP) Strategy Summer 2019 release today, providing updates concerning the agency’s project to modernize and streamline Federal acquisition.






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NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released an interagency report offering guidance for Federal agencies for managing Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity and privacy risks.






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The Census Bureau did not implement security baselines and basic security practices for its cloud implementation, leading to “severe risks to 2020 Census cloud environments,” according to an audit from the Department of Commerce Inspector General released June 19.






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The release of the Cloud Smart policy yesterday has given agencies a “North Star” of guidance on how to accelerate cloud adoption, Federal Deputy CIO for the Office of Management and Budget Margie Graves said today.






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Federal agencies are unprepared to confront and mitigate cyberthreats today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affair Committee Investigations Subcommittee determined in a report released today, recommending that agencies give CIOs more authority to make decisions on cybersecurity.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for technical and acquisitional aid from partners in refining its database to implement artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, DHS Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Office CIO David Bottom said today at the AI World Government conference.






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As the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is set to become the primary background investigation provider today, Charles Phalen will be appointed acting director, effective July 1.






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Veterans Affairs VA Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is on track to achieve its agency goal under the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) of improving veteran customer experience (CX), according to a June update released by the VA.  






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In a statement on the recent reports of Iranian cyberattacks directed at the U.S. government, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs warned of “wiper” attacks that could compromise entire systems.






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The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeing strong results from its effort to expand data analytics across the agency, and is meeting targets and exceeding goals on stakeholder buy-in, according to a June 20 update to the agency’s goals under the President’s Management Agenda.






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State Department

The State Department is making progress on its IT modernization effort, but is still lagging behind some of the goals it set as part of the President’s Management Agenda, as a June 20 update to the agency’s priority goals showed.






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Preparation for the 2020 Census is overall on-track, according to the second quarter Census Goal Action Plan, but the Census Bureau still faces the challenges of upscaling Area Census Offices (ACOs) to expand operations and recruiting and hiring the staff it needs to conduct the 2020 decennial.






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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program aimed at helping Federal agencies fundamentally improve network security is moving ahead in a number of significant, future-leaning areas at the program level to advance its broad cybersecurity mission.






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