Coast Guard official: Cyber incidents with physical consequences impacting the maritime transportation system

Cyber threats are real and active for those who manage operations at the nation's ports, said Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant of prevention policy with the U.S. Coast Guard.

US-China cyber agreement not a cure-all, says Jeh Johnson

Recent commitments between China and the United States on cybersecurity are not a cure-all for the problems between the two powers in cyberspace, said Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson during testimony last week.

DARPA's objective: Outpacing the threat, says Prabhakar

The United States military is preparing for a future in which technology is a major component of an adversary's arsenal, and while invulnerability will never truly be achieved, staying ahead of the opponent is an important goal, according to the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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. goes live

The General Services Administration flipped the switch on Oct. 9, going live with a new offering from its innovation lab, known as 18F. The service aims to provide agencies with a ready-to-go Platform as a Service cloud for building, testing and managing web applications.

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.

A closer look at NIST's cloud roadmap and hybrid guidance

It's been four years since the Office of Management and Budget asked federal chief information officers to think "cloud first" – or consider cloud computing-based solutions when investing in new technology, or updating legacy systems. 

DOE, GSA team with promising programs to improve building efficiency

In an effort to support their Green Proving Ground and High Impact Technology Catalyst programs, two federal agencies requested information this week regarding how to improve green building technologies, according to a GSA news release.

National Archives releases list of publicly suggested digitization priorities

After a few weeks of requesting feedback from the public regarding which areas of the National Archives they would like to see digitized, the agency was flooded with suggestions, according to a recent NARA blog post.

DoD offers a peek at status reports for more than 30 acquisition programs

A Defense Department report dated Sept. 23, but only released publicly Oct. 6, provides brief status updates on some of the military's most important and high-profile acquisitions. 

DoD IG gets mixed results from Customer Service Week 'Twitterview'

A Defense Department Office of Inspector General "Twitterview" with Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman Patrick Gookin garnered attention on the social media platform – and not all of it positive. DoD OIG held the Oct. 7 Twitter chat in honor of Customer Service Week.

House lawmakers grill NPPD officials about proposed reorganization plan

Homeland Security Department officials appeared to allay some concerns among House lawmakers, who said during an Oct. 7 hearing that they felt their oversight role was being sidestepped when a leaked reorganization plan for the cybersecurity directorate was reported by the media this summer.

18F launches 'Digital Economy' consulting arm

The consulting practice within the General Services Administration's innovation lab will now help agencies solve digital challenges within specific policy verticals, beginning with finance.

NSF grants look to advance cybermanufacturing

With grants from the National Science Foundation, dozens of universities will research how Internet applications can boost American manufacturing.

NIST draft guide aims to bolster email security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a draft publication Sept. 28 that will help federal enterprise email administrators, information security specialists and network managers better safeguard email.

Revision could move NIST authentication guidance out of the weeds

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's authentication guidance document, known as NIST Special Publication 800-63, is being revised to better align with modern expectations of how to use authentication technologies within federal information systems, said Sean Brooks, privacy engineer at NIST.

Cyber vandalism 'the least of our worries,' says White House cybersecurity coordinator

Cyber intrusions that result in embarrassing social media posts or websites going dark are hardly blips on the radar for White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.

Some fed IT specialist work experiences among lowest in government, survey says

More than 60 percent of all federal IT specialists cannot say for sure or do not believe their working units are able to recruit the talent necessary for their jobs, according to a federal poll of all the government's workers.

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.