Articles by Dibya Sarkar
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.