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VA gets serious about PIV, two-factor authentication during cybersecurity sprint

The Veterans Affairs Department is using the recent information system breaches at the Office of Personnel Management as an opportunity to review current security practices and push existing protocols that may not have been fully implemented.

IG: IRS needs to make online accounts top priority in customer service revamp

A new Treasury Inspector General report states that the Internal Revenue Service is making headway toward meeting customers' demands for more electronic services and products

Phishing campaigns target OPM data breach victims

Phishing campaigns have emerged as a result of the Office of Personnel Management's post-breach identity protection offerings.

DHS CIO restructures office to improve procurement, oversight

Spurred by initiatives such as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the Homeland Security Department is restructuring the Office of the Chief Information Officer to better meet information technology needs.

Industry group says federal background check system taken offline may affect contractors' work

In a July 1 letter addressed to federal officials, the Professional Services Council expressed concern over the suspension of the Office of Personnel Management's "e-QIP" system two days earlier after the vulnerability was discovered.

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