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Obama signs order to allow sanctions on individuals who threaten national cybersecurity

President Obama last week signed an executive order that makes it possible to impose sanctions on individuals who threaten national cybersecurity.

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For years cybersecurity lagged compared to other competing priorities, as federal officials dealt with other programs affected by tighter budgets and resources. But with an intensifying threat, that's changed. Read the report

GAO finds Copyright Office's IT lacking

The Copyright Office has serious holes in its management and use of information technology, a new report found. The office has had no permanent chief information officer for more than two years and its request for more than $7 million to invest in and improve IT in fiscal 2015 and 2016 lacks justification

CIOs still unsatisfied with OMB reporting requirements, says GAO

Federal chief information officers surveyed said that 24 of the Office of Management and Budget's 36 reporting requirements help only to some or no extent in managing IT.

SBIRS satellites to launch with obsolete technology due to late feasibility assessment

The basic design of NASA's Space Based Infrared System – a key component of the military's missile warning and defense system – is years old and some components are obsolete, but alternative technologies for the launch of the fifth and sixth satellite in the constellation were not considered because a report on other design options came too late in the acquisition process, according to an oversight report.

Spotlight: 25 years of the H-1B visa program

Last week the H-1B visa program celebrated its 25-year anniversary and began accepting applications from companies that would like to formally sponsor H-1B foreign workers.

FedRAMP, DHS aim to merge TIC and cloud security authorization through single process

A draft overlay for the Trusted Internet Connection, or TIC, is now available for public comment, marking a first step toward increasing agencies' flexibility in adopting cloud solutions.

NIST, NARA closer to standard for securing federal information on outside systems

A final draft on a standard for protecting controlled unclassified information, or CUI, in nonfederal information systems is available for comment.

Expert panel discusses issue of new principles for Internet governance

As governments use the web for surveillance among other stresses to keep it an open and independent medium, Tim Berners-Lee suggested that people create a Bill of Rights or Magna Carta that enshrines the principles of the Web or Internet.

CIO Council releases searchable library of public laws, executive orders and OMB documents

The CIO Council recently released a searchable database of public laws, executive orders, memos and other documents from the White House budget office in what it's calling an IT Policy Library.

GAO: Library of Congress continues to suffer poor IT management

The world's largest library and the country's oldest federal cultural institution is increasingly relying on IT as it continues to carry its collection mission in the Digital Age, but it's struggling to effectively administer and protect new systems.

IRS seeks fresh set of members for electronic tax committee

The agency is looking for people to volunteer to be part of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee, which serves as a public forum for electronic tax issues with the goal of going paperless, 

Army seeks to fill in cyber gaps in Korean Theater through new solicitation

A Federal Business Opportunities notice states that U.S. Forces Korea would get support with cyber operations that directly support the United States and the Republic of Korea in the Korean Theater of Operations.

USASpending.gov updated, functionality drastically diminished say businesses

In the early hours of March 31, the Treasury Department pushed out an update to USASpending.gov, one of the federal government's premier open data platforms, but instead of ushering in improvements or new capabilities, changes to the massive database tool stripped the site of critical functionality.

IARPA seeking information about combating insider threats in development of new program

The federal govenrment is seeking more information about how it can combat threats from insiders who might engage in espionage, sabotage and violence as it prepares to solicit bids to develop a new program.

Independent UN expert will probe, monitor and report on online privacy issues

Brazil and Germany – two countries concerned about data collection, electronic surveillance and interception of digital communications by governments and private companies – pushed for a resolution that established the special investigator.

GitHub still fighting DDoS attack reportedly from Chinese hackers

Chinese hackers are reportedly continuing their assault on the U.S. social coding platform GitHub with a distributed denial-of-service attack that is routing traffic from China's most popular search engine, The Wall Street Journal reported March 29.

OMB to issue FITARA implementation guidance

The Office of Management and Budget plans to issue formal guidance to agencies on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which passed in December as part of the fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill.

Air Force confident in GPS replenishment plan, GAO highlights schedule risk

The Air Force says it is back on track with its Global Positioning System satellites after some delays, while the Government Accountability Office says ground system operations pose a risk for continued hang-ups.

NIST seeks pilot privacy-enhancing technologies for NSTIC project to secure online identities

The federally led program that's trying to provide secure online identity interactions for individuals and organizations across the nation is soliciting applications to test privacy-enhancing technologies.