Dibya Sarkar

Articles by Dibya Sarkar

18F to use micro-purchasing for open source code in new experiment

The General Service Administration's innovation team 18F will soon use its "micro-purchase" authority to buy open source code for applications being developed by the group.

IRS at risk of hacks by failing to upgrade all workstations, servers to latest software version

The Internal Revenue Service still needs to upgrade thousands of workstations and servers to current Microsoft software versions, otherwise they may become vulnerable to hacks, the internal watchdog said in a recent report.

DHS IG calls for culture change to address TSA security problems

Congressional lawmakers have been extremely critical of the agency for years, but this summer the IG issued two reports that said undercover agents were able to sneak undetected weapons and fake bombs past TSA-manned airport security checkpoints and 73 airport workers with possible terrorism ties passed agency background checks.

US comptroller general outlines ways to curb federal improper payments, improve fiscal health

Congress can help federal agencies reduce the billions of dollars in improper payments they make annually through new legislation and providing investigators with access to particular databases, among other actions, the nation's comptroller general said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.

House lawmakers grill NPPD officials about proposed reorganization plan

Homeland Security Department officials appeared to allay some concerns among House lawmakers, who said their oversight role was sidestepped when a reorganization plan for the cybersecurity directorate was leaked this summer.

Cybersecurity is 'soft underbelly' of nuclear energy industry, new critical report says

Nuclear energy facilities worldwide are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of pervasive technical and cultural challenges, London-based think tank Chatham House said.

DHS awards Raytheon $1B deal to protect .gov domain, also invests $14M in DDoS research

The Homeland Security Department has issued several significant awards this week, including continued development of its cyber traffic monitoring system called EINSTEIN, across the federal government as well as greater research into thwarting distributed-denial-of-service attacks.

New HHS system unveiled to help communities better prepare for impacts from disasters

The department's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response developed the system with a network of experts across the country to help those responsible for preparing for public health and healthcare system emergencies.

Radiation levels from X-ray scanners that screened airport travelers were safe, says report

Weapons-detecting X-ray scanners that were removed from U.S. airports two years ago due to privacy concerns met federal safety limits for radiation exposure, accoridng to a new scientific report funded by the Homeland Security Department.

New report recommends US strategy to prevent Americans traveling overseas to fight for ISIS

More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.