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DOJ immigration office unable to access case databases

The Justice Department can't currently handle some of its immigration cases because of a hardware failure that's left the agency unable to access databases. DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a notice on its website saying the immigration courts are continuing to process cases but is prioritizing them for manual review.

FedRAMP program office releases transition plan to new controls baseline

Private sector cloud providers with a FedRAMP provisional authorization making them eligible to sell services to federal agencies will have about a year to implement the new minimum set of security controls.

NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

A random number generating algorithm under suspicion of National Security Agency tampering will no longer carry government approval. The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced Monday it will remove the algorithm in question, the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, from its publication containing pseudorandom generator standards.

Severe shortage of tech talent in government, says report

Existing levels of information technology talent within government and civil society do not meet the current needs, finds a report based on dozens of interviews and secondary research. Those technically skilled programmers, designers and engineers with expertise in computer science and data science that are in government are not distributed evenly across agencies, it adds.

SEC to examine securities industry cybersecurity measures

The Securities and Exchange Commission released earlier this month a checklist of cybersecurity measures it'll use as part of this year's examination of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers.

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A recent sharp rise in asylum seekers claiming fear of persecution or torture has prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to train its employees to be more stringent when evaluating claims. Lawmakers and officials have  wondered whether the spike  stemmed more from rising violence in places like Central America or from foreigners trying to exploit the system in order to get into the United States.

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The Army will involuntarily separate about 2,000 captains and majors in an effort to reduce the size of the force, an Army spokesman said. The separations will be used to meet goals set out by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal should it be made law.