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Report: Pro-Palestine Twitter account dumps hacked DHS staff directory, alleges DOJ next

On Sunday a Twitter account leaked a staff directory of more than 9,000 alleged Homeland Security Department employees, according to Vice's Motherboard.

Cobert emphasizes commitment, cooperation on heels of subpoena for OPM breach documents

Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Beth Cobert stressed her dedication to improving IT security and cross-government collaboration during a Senate confirmation hearing last week. 

Spotlight: Report to Congress highlights complexity of Army tactical IT systems

An annual report to Congress from the Defense Department's Office of Operational Test and Evaluation concluded that the Army's tactical networks remain difficult to use.

Census outreach to go mobile, social with new communications plan

With a new Integrated Communications Contract for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau hopes to reach more of the population online than ever before.

Over 7M service instances to transition off Networx by 2020

Over 7 million government service instances are on the clock to transition from expiring Networx and Networx Enterprise contracts by 2020, according to the General Services Administration.

 

Study: Federal leaders embrace digital but still can't keep pace with private sector

A new study showed that federal leaders recognize the value of digital technology in improving their agencies' operations, productivity, capacity to meet goals and ability to better serve their customers. However, many feel government is still lagging behind private-sector adoption.

Last GPS IIF satellite launches

The Air Force launched the twelfth and final Global Positioning System IIF-series satellite at 8:38 a.m. Friday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Nation state actors dominate the changing cyberthreat landscape in new report

Global conflicts have emerged as the preeminent driver of cybersecurity threats, eclipsing attacks by individual, private actors that were often driven by financial motives, according to Crowdstrike's 2015 Global Threat Report.

Secret Service radios need an upgrade, says DHS OIG

As part of the U.S. Secret Service's protective mission, officers rely on radios for their day-to-day security operations. But a recent audit found those radios are in need of an upgrade.

Spotlight: OPM seeks chief privacy officer

The Office of Personnel Management is looking to hire a chief privacy officer, according to a job posting that closes Feb. 11.

Clapper: Cyber is the top threat to the nation

For the last three years, the Director of National Intelligence has ranked "cyber" the number-one threat to national security, said DNI James Clapper during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy Jan. 29.

JIE has undergone no test or evaluation, says OT&E report

Despite launching one and a half years ago, infrastructure and components of the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment have yet to undergo any operational testing, said the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation in an annual report submitted to Congress Feb. 1.

Spotlight: Former NRC employee pleads guilty to spear-phishing attempt

A former scientist with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission pleaded guilty to a federal crime Feb. 2, admitting he targeted former coworkers in a spear-phishing campaign in an attempt to infiltrate Energy Department networks.

Administration to pursue more dialogue on Wassenaar Arrangement, won't rule on implementation yet

In response to more than 250 comments from stakeholders on a Commerce Department-proposed rule, the administration has decided not to issue a final rule on its plans to implement updates to the Wassenaar Arrangement until at least one more round of public comments has concluded.

IRS e-filing down, outage could continue today

The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because a hardware failure has caused major disruptions to a number of tax processing systems, said the agency in a statement posted late Wednesday.

White House highlights 2015 cybersecurity record, teases new policies

In a blog post, which primarily recapped the White House's 2015 cybersecurity record, the administration also hinted at upcoming policy announcements.

Obama's budget proposal: 1.6% pay raise for feds, 6 weeks paid parental leave

The fiscal 2017 budget request that President Obama will deliver to Congress next week will include an average 1.6 percent pay raise for federal employees. An employee's actual raise will depend on military or civilian status as well as locality.

DoD's fiscal 2017 budget request to include $7B for cyber

The fiscal 2017 budget request that President Obama will deliver to Congress next week will include $582.7 billion for the Defense Department, said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a budget preview.

GPO details FDsys replacement, 'govinfo'

The Government Publishing Office launched in "beta" today a new website called govinfo that will replace its Federal Digital System, or FDsys, next year.

Grassley probes Defense Secretary's use of personal email

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants more detail on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's use of personal email for official business.