In the wake of recent Dyn attacks that temporarily shut down major websites such as Twitter, Amazon, and PayPal, Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sent a letter to President Obama this week to request a strengthening of the U.S. ability to detect and respond to major vulnerabilities.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., called on the Department of Defense to stop being a “rogue elephant” when it comes to cloud authorization and the FedRAMP process.
Federal agencies have increased the amount of money they spend on outdated IT systems, according to a study from the International Data Corporation.
Despite reluctance to legislate tech issues, governments should be more aggressive in regulating the security of the Internet of Things, experts say.
Yahoo last year produced a software program that would search customer emails for information specified by U.S. intelligence officials, according to a report by Reuters. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., condemned such actions, calling them “Big Brother on steroids.”
A bipartisan letter sent by members of Congress to the National Board of State Election Directors encourages states to turn to the private sector and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as resources for protecting their elections infrastructure.
A group of U.S. senators wrote a letter to Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo, on Tuesday about the hack on 500 million accounts in 2014. They ask what went wrong and how Yahoo plans to protect consumer data in the future.
Governments need to invest in training and education to close the gap between open positions and available employees in the IT workforce, according to experts who testified in front of the House Oversight Committee.
Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology disagreed on Wednesday on whether the Cybersecurity Responsibility and Accountability Act of 2016 acted as a partisan dig against former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server.
Facing criticism over the awkward nature of the FedRAMP process and the use of $150,000 to create a FedRAMP Dashboard that already exists in the private sector, the GSA was told on Tuesday that it needed to clean up the program or have Congress step in.
Federal information sharing is key to combating terrorism and cyber threats, according to law enforcement representatives from several states. […]
Members of Congress are working to pass the Kelsey Smith Act, which would give law enforcement access to phone location data in some emergency situations, despite claims from privacy groups that the law could be abused.
Due to the breadth and depth of cyberattacks and breaches in the Federal government, most especially the Office of Personnel Management, agencies should be implementing a policy of zero trust when it comes to who is accessing their data, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. His committee released a report titled “The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation.”
Federal spending on contractor-supplied IT products and services will decline slightly from $99.8 billion in fiscal year 2016 to $98.3 billion in FY 2021, according to a recent report from Deltek.
As the Internet of Things becomes increasingly prevalent, the government will play an important role in enabling and regulating how the industry will develop, according to panelists at a National Telecommunications and Information Administration workshop. They listed a number of areas in which that advice can take shape. […]
Democratic and Republican policy advisers in the House are meeting this week to craft a bipartisan compromise that would combine the key elements of two major IT modernization bills introduced earlier this year into a legislative package that sources say has the backing of Republican appropriators and stands a good chance of being signed into law before President Barack Obama leaves office.
Six Democratic senators have authored a letter to President Obama, urging him while he is at the G-20 Summit in China on Sunday and Monday to address cyberattacks on financial institutions.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a response to cyberattacks that mirrored military responses to other attacks against the United States.
In a letter sent to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., requested that the agency expedite its investigation of the Signaling System Number 7 flaw in light of a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hack.
A Government Accountability Office study uncovered a huge discrepancy in Federal reporting on sexual violence because the agencies that collect the data don’t record or label incidents the same way. According to data collection efforts from four Federal agencies, between 244,190 and 1,929,000 rapes or sexual assaults occurred in 2011.
Over the past 10 years, agencies have made minimal use of their special government employees who do not serve on Federal boards, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. However, the report also states that not all of these SGEs’ assignments have been reliably documented.
The government and private industry should be doing more to prepare the American workforce for a technology-based future, according to panelists at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event. […]
Partnership with industry is essential for government technological success, according to congressional and industry leaders at a panel hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation during the Republican National Convention.
Many members of Congress can agree that IT modernization is an important problem in need of a solution, but there is less agreement on how exactly to go about it. In the past four months, two separate bills have been introduced in the House, which aim to improve and fund future IT modernization efforts: the IT Modernization Act and the MOVE IT Act.
Federal agencies need to adopt a standardized taxonomy for their data, according to authors of the report “Accelerating the Mission: Recommendations for Optimizing Federal Technology Cost and Value in the Age of FITARA.” The report proposes a set of Technology Business Management guidelines that would help agencies communicate with each other, Congress, and the private sector more effectively.