GAO: USPS on-time delivery metrics lacking

The Postal Service reports that on-time delivery performance is improving, but auditors at the Government Accountability Office are skeptical because figures presented by the agency only reflect about half of the mail it processes.

Workforce issues, strategies define success as governments go digital, says report

Across the globe, a dearth of digital skills in the government workforce presents a major challenge to the delivery of digital services, according to a survey of public sector leaders.

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.

DoD report: Acquisition performance improves but at the expense of technical advancement

A review of Defense Department acquisition reveals encouraging results in terms of cost savings and performance, but also shows that an overly cautious approach to contracting may result in missed technological opportunities.

GAO launches consulting arm

The Government Accountability Office opened the doors to its Center of Audit Excellence Oct. 1, which will provide fee-based products and services to domestic and international accountability organizations.

DoD wants DIB to divulge breaches

The Defense Department initiated a policy that would require contractors in its Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, information sharing network to report certain cyber breaches in all contracts with the department.

CIA looks to cloud, big data to advance mission

The Central Intelligence Agency is embracing cloud computing technology to help ease the burden of computing-intensive analytics programs that produce intelligence for its agents. It's also opening doors that will help the CIA to partner with innovative vendors in the big data market.

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Why feds aren't concerned about OPM's stolen fingerprint database

Federal workers may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as cybersecurity experts say the recent theft of more than 5 million fingerprints doesn't pose a serious risk.

OPM starts sending letters to millions affected by cyber breaches

The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that it has begun sending notification letters to those individuals affected by recent breaches on the agency's systems.

Spotlight: Hillary Clinton's private email likely a popular spear-phishing target

Five fake speeding ticket notices released by the Sate Department on Wednesday were just a glimpse into the spear phishing attempts targeted at Hillary Clinton's email account.

'Credible threats' the best form of defense in cyberspace, expert tells Congress

"We need to make credible threats. We need to have countries believe that we will respond with some punitive action," James Andrew Lewis, director of the strategic technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told lawmakers.

Army allows commercial cloud providers to operate on base

As part of the Army's data center consolidation efforts, the service will merge data centers run by several Army components into a single facility run by a commercial cloud service provider at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, reports Federal News Radio.

NIST issues draft guide for managing attribute-based access to IT systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued Sept. 30 a draft reference model to help agencies design attribute-based access control systems.

Spotlight: Major privacy-enhancing document to be issued this month, says NIST

The public-private partnership tasked by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create an "identity ecosystem" will release a major document later this month. 

Final IPv4 addresses in free pool issued

The American Registry for Internet Numbers said the final Internet Protocol Version 4, or IPv4, addresses were issued last week, leaving a waitlist for unmet IPv4 addresses and address transfers as the only options for those seeking addresses under the protocol.

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.

GAO: FISMA compliance persistently weak across federal agencies

The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 lays out specific security controls that should be applied to federal agencies' information technology, but a new audit finds that FISMA implementation in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 by agencies was mixed.

Intelligence, Defense officials skeptical of US-China cyber agreement

Officials from the Defense Department and Intelligence community said they aren't confident a broad agreement on cybersecurity signed by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be a successful deterrence measure in cyberspace.

18F unveils user experience standards for federal websites

A new standard for website design finally may bring order to the chaos of different visual styles on federal agency web pages.