DOI systems have been hacked at least 19 times, says OIG

The Interior Department's information technology systems have been compromised at least 19 times by hackers and foreign intelligence services over the past few years, said a recent report from an internal watchdog.

Task force: FAA should employ simple, free solution for public to register drones

A task force composed of public and private stakeholders recommend federal regulators stand up an unmanned aerial vehicle registration process that is simple to use, free and only required of drones over a certain weight.

DHS has never properly tested its catastrophic biological attack detection system, GAO says

The Department of Homeland Security has failed to properly test its system to detect biological attacks capable of causing 10,000 or more casualties, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.

OPM looks to update public affairs job classification

The Office of Personnel Management wants subject matter experts at federal agencies to help it revise the classification and qualification standards for the Public Affairs occupational series — a federal job description that has not been updated since its issuance in 1981.

Spotlight: Proposed rule would lead to new Wireless Emergency Alert capabilities

Federal Communications Commission leaders unanimously voted to approve a proposed revamp of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system on Nov. 19.

GSA unveils website redesign

The General Services Administration Nov. 16 launched a refreshed website that the agency says is more user friendly and compatible with mobile devices.

GSA's internal labor market review helps leadership visualize, forecast workforce trends

The General Services Administration is using data science to address its human capital management challenges, said Paul Tsagaroulis, director of GSA's Human Capital Analytics Division.

Critical infrastructure oversight agencies aren't properly reporting cybersecurity metrics, finds GAO

Most sector-specific agencies of the federal government still have significant steps to take in mitigating cybersecurity risks that face key infrastructure, according to a recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

Army kicks off challenge for cyber situational awareness tool

The Army launched a Cyber Innovation Challenge last week that will allow interested companies to prototype software-based solutions for cyber situational awareness.

DHS OIG identifies areas for improvement, need for additional OMB guidance in annual FISMA review

While the Homeland Security Department has made progress in strengthening its information security program, it is not fully in compliance with governmentwide requirements under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014.

OIG: Unimplemented plans, poorly positioned CIO threaten IT security at State Department

Several control weaknesses significantly impact the State Department's information security program, attributable in part to unimplemented strategies and a chief information officer who lacks security oversight authorities, a recent report found.

Majority of Americans negative on big government, mostly favorable on government's performance of specific tasks, survey finds

A majority of Americans view the federal government as almost always wasteful and inefficient in its mission, according to a newly released survey from the Pew Research Center.

Advancing government IT: From legacy ownership to savvy management

Information technology is rapidly advancing in ways that directly impact the business of government. In this special report, FierceGovernmentIT explores some of the ways federal agencies are managing this change.

DoD says it has met health record interoperability goals

Defense Department officials announced during a Nov. 19 press briefing that the department's electronic health record is now interoperable with the system used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

DoD, GSA, NASA seek to do away with DUNS

A proposed rule spearheaded by the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to change the methodology currently used to identify the entities receiving federal awards like grants and contracts.

NATO concludes 5-day cyber training exercise

Today NATO concluded a five-day cyber exercise that brought together around 600 information technology professionals from partner nations to NATO's Cyber Range in Tartu, Estonia.

McCain lambastes Obama cyber strategy, urges sanctions in letters to senior officials

In letters to senior members of the Obama administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the president's cybersecurity strategy and argued for the use of sanctions against the Chinese government.

Spotlight: China agreement hasn't curbed cyberespionage, says official

The United States' National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina said Nov. 18 that he's seen "no indication" that a cybersecurity agreement reached by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in September has changed the extent of Chinese espionage on the United States.

Backgrounder: Using FedRAMP to navigate the cloud

The benefits of cloud computing — such as speed, security and scalability — are appealing to chief information officers everywhere, but finding a way to acquire cloud solutions has been a tough nut to crack for those working in the federal government.

Government should ensure security, privacy but not overregulate IoT, says report

A new report recommends the federal government take several actions as it navigates the Internet of Things, such as ensuring privacy and security protections are in place without imposing regulations that would hinder innovation.