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FDA: Bake in medical device security, identify risks

Medical device manufacturers should consider cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of their products and submit documentation to the Food and Drug Administration about the risks identified and controls in place to mitigate those risks, says a final recommendation from the agency.

Federal CIOs see position 'dramatically changing' in coming years

By 2020, the federal chief information officer's role will look very different from today, said federal CIOs speaking at an ACT-IAC event Sept. 30, emphasizing a greater focus on soft skills, not just technical know-how.

SEC audit reveals lapses in laptop inventory, possibly affecting more than 1,000 computers

An internal investigation found that the Securities and Exchange Commission must take more action to better track agency-issued laptop computers. The inspector general said that the Office of Information Technology's inventory failed to include current locations of machines from an operations center that closed last year.

GSA hypes APIs, social media as means to publishing content

Forget traditional websites. To get content out there, agencies need to use new tools, argues the General Services Administration in a DigitalGov blog post, to change how government publishes information -- away from desktop ".gov" websites where traffic is declining, and toward mobile applications, social media and search engines.

NTIA chief: US will resist attempts by nations to give control of Internet to governments

While there's been growing global acceptance for a multistakeholder model of Internet governance, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration warned that some countries might still try to give that power to governments.

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Senior executives rarely face criminal charges for fraudulent travel expenses like the ones a former General Services Administration official was indicted on last Thursday, a former Air Force deputy general counsel said. Normally an agency will quietly ask the executive to pay back what it owes the government, but the DOJ won't use its resources to pursue criminal charges, said Cheri Cannon, who worked as the Air Forces' deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law until January.

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The Bureau of Prisons isn't doing enough to reduce its costs related to salaries and benefits of its correctional officers, a Sept. 30 Government Accountability Office report says. But it's hands are tied by legislative inaction in some instances. BOP is responsible for the custody and care of 216,000 federal inmates. That's nine times more inmates than BOP had in 1980, the report says.