Sean Connelly, senior cybersecurity architect at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said today that the official version of the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 policy to be issued later this year by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) won’t be much different than the draft version released by OMB in late December 2018. […]

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While Federal agencies are making progress in moving to the cloud, challenges exist in tracking the cost savings benefits of those moves due to a lack of agency-level guidance and confusion about tracking under guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday, May 6.






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DoD Pentagon Military

The Department of Defense and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a memorandum of agreement to provide DoD access to OPM’s USALearning platform for training activities.






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DOJ Department of Justice

The Department of Justice announced May 3 that it, in partnership with German authorities, has charged three German nationals with operating Wall Street Market (WSM), “which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband,” including malware.






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U.S. Patent Trademark Office USPTO Commerce

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting information on stabilizing high-priority IT applications, while simultaneously not affecting operational activities.






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General Services Administration GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today launched a new competition to create a Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center to address challenges facing the Federal government. The competition runs from today through August 1, 2019.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) outlined ten tips for Federal agencies to follow in their efforts to migrate to cloud-based systems as part of a cloud smart push.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a discussion draft version of the upcoming NIST Privacy Framework on Wednesday, May 1, with principles and practices aligned with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.






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The Defense Department’s (DoD) most senior leadership faced the wrath of one of the House Appropriations Committee’s most senior members today over what Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., a former chairman of the committee, regards as slow progress toward the goal of efficiently linking electronic health records (EHR) systems used by DoD and the Veterans Affairs Department (VA).






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is in the process of creating a plan for developing standards and tools to support artificial technologies and are currently seeking information on helping NIST “understand the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities regarding the development and availability of AI technical standards.”






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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revise its pipeline security, cybersecurity guidelines, and risk assessment methodology, and build a more robust cybersecurity workforce to enhance its pipeline security program.






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HUD Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is looking to establish an enterprise-wide approach to data analytics in the cloud and application development, according to a request for information (RFI) released Tuesday, April 30. Responses are due May 6.






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Christopher Krebs under secretary undersecretary DHS Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate NPPD leader CISA cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency

On the Hill, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs made the case for his agency’s FY2020 $3.17 billion budget request – which represents a cut over FY2019 funding levels – during an April 30 House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation hearing. In a rare move, there was strong bipartisan support for increasing the funding request and providing more funding to help improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture.






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Congress Capitol Senate House

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology convened today to discuss the growing number of unwanted robocalls, with an inconclusive conversation and no clear plan to move forward with legislation.






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Department of Homeland Security DHS

A new binding operational directive (BOD) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released Monday, April 29, requires agencies to remediate critical vulnerabilities identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within 15 days of detection, a reduction from 30 days.






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