One veteran Federal analyst tells The Situation Report that the “average” presidential transition ushers in 5,000 new appointments, 1,000 of which require Senate confirmation. But the upcoming transition promises to be a unique experience, regardless of who gets elected. […]

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton clash Sept. 26, 2016 at their first presidential debate. (Photo: flickr)

Though Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Monday night’s presidential debate agreed that cybersecurity and cyber warfare would be one of the next president’s biggest challenges, they clashed on whom to blame for the Democratic National Convention hack and the current state of cyber in the United States.


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While most Federal IT professionals plan to vote for Hillary Clinton, they will probably lose colleagues and bosses regardless of who is elected president. According to a survey conducted by MeriTalk, 24 percent of Federal IT professionals would consider leaving government or retiring if Republican Donald Trump is elected president; 28 percent would consider leaving if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president.


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We are a group of former Federal IT leaders, technology industry executives, and journalists. We believe the technology priorities embraced by the next President of the United States will be central to our nation’s ability to remain secure, competitive, open, innovative, and responsive to the needs of citizens. That is why we are endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.


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Donald Trump’s campaign app, America First, puts users’ contacts at risk. The app, which is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, requests access to users’ phone address books, which puts this information at risk if the campaign were to be hacked. This is a legitimate concern, given the number of hacks already reported during this election season.


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Technological capability in government is on the decline, according to Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel.
He spoke in support of nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention and addressed the disparities between government and Silicon Valley when it comes to technological innovation.


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Campaign managers who urge politicians that they have a certain state’s unwavering support can now use data analytics to detect cities and even individuals within those states who may not back the candidates.