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GSA pushes speedier IT service delivery across agencies

As federal agencies work to improve their customers' digital experience, one General Services Administration official says his team is scaling out techniques to help agencies institutionalize the real-time delivery of information technology.

IAC-ACT launches crowdsourcing initiative to help feds improve their level of cybersecurity

The public-private partnership ACT-IAC has launched a crowdsourcing initiative to help the federal government improve its short- and long-term cybersecurity environment in the wake of recent high-profile breaches. 

Major tech industry group issues scores of cybersecurity recommendations to feds

The Information Technology Industry Council's public sector division established a task force, which developed the recommendations around four disciplines: security risk management, governance and accountability, finance and procurement, and people and organizations.

Obama administration wants a stronger supercomputer than China, creates federal initiative to get it

The United States will look to unseat China over the next decade from its claim to the world's strongest supercomputer. President Obama signed last week an executive order to create a cross-agency effort aimed at keeping the United States at the forefront of high-performance computing.

Feds months away from broader cybersecurity 'sprint' strategy following OPM breaches

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott wrote in a blog post that a team of more than 100 experts from across the government and private sector are reviewing federal cybersecurity policies, procedures and practices.

GAO report: Federal law should adapt to growing privacy concerns of facial recognition technology

Congressional investigators from the Government Accountability Office reviewed privacy issues around the technology as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration also has an effort underway to examine related privacy ramifications and develop a voluntary code of conduct.

Federally funded project focuses on tracking data to prevent advanced persistent threats

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced June 30 that it was awarded a $4.25 million contract from the federal government to find out exactly where data move as it's routed from one host to another and if, for example, malicious code is attached to that data.

VA Secretary: Open source is the only way to operate

Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald voiced his support for open source technology July 30, as he outlined a broad reform plan that includes streamlining information technology and taking a more "holistic" look at customer service.

Spotlight: Still time to respond to our cloud computing survey!

FierceGovernmentIT's cloud computing survey is still open and we need your help.

Policymakers must look at IoT as a whole, not just parts, says industry group

As Internet of Things, or IoT, technology grows and influences multiple market segments, policymakers must consider rules that could apply across the board, a new report states.

DATA Act progress continues, but not without snags

Although the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have taken important steps toward implementing requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, they have much more to do, the Comptroller General of the United States told Congress.

New survey says cybersecurity worries among execs have risen sharply, promotes more info sharing

Seventy-six percent of executives from U.S. companies, law enforcement, government agencies, other organizations and other security experts said they were more concerned about cybersecurity threats this year than in the past 12 months, representing a major jump in their uneasiness.

One-stop shop for policy resources now open

A resource library full of information technology reporting and action requirements for federal agencies is now available to federal chief information officers.

Experts say tech industry has duty to counter extremism, but against imposing legal onus

Michael Chertoff, Michael Leiter, Zoe Baird and others weigh in about interplay and relationship between government and the private sector on terrorism, encryption and other similar emerging issues

Senators push bill to authorize EINSTEIN 3A, shore up 'insufficient cybersecurity practices' governmentwide

Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced Monday a bipartisan bill that would grant federal agencies clear legal authority in utilizing EINSTEIN, the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and monitoring system.

Coalition: Senate bill aimed at boosting private sector cybersecurity data sharing is 'a train wreck'

Sixty-eight security experts, technology companies and civil society groups sent a letter to President Obama July 27, urging him to threaten to veto the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.

18F breaks down implementation of HTTPS for federal agencies

In order to help federal agencies meet a new requirement to use HTTPS connections for all publicly accessible websites, 18F offered a how-to guide for beginners.

OPM secures vulnerable background check platform, re-enables it for use

An Office of Personnel Management system that is devoted to processing background information that officials disabled during the fallout of the agency's breach incidents was re-enabled last week following security enhancements, according to a statement from OPM.

CFPB proposes $5.2M fine against student financial aid company for alleged illegal billing

The bureau said the Sacramento, Calif.-based company misled customers regarding the total cost of its subscription financial services and then imposed undisclosed and unauthorized automatic recurring charges. 

Census director says no personal data leaked from breach for which Anonymous members claim credit

Census's John H. Thompson says the breach was limited to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, an external database that didn't include personally identifiable information from people responding to censuses and surveys.