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Likely next Cyber Command head calls for 'proactive' cyber operations

The likely next head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency told Senators during a Tuesday confirmation hearing that the United States military posture in cyberspace has been reactive, rather that proactive. Vice Adm. Mike Rogers – President Obama's pick to replace Gen. Keith Alexander as the dual-hatted commander of Cyber Command and the NSA – testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

FICAM to be applied to the secret network

Identity management standards designed for federal unclassfied systems will be tailored for use on secret networks, with full implementation planned for September 2018. With only minor adjustments, FICAM is just as suitable for the secret fabric, said a March 5 blog post from the Information Sharing Environment.

No Digital Government Strategy 2.0 waiting in the wings

Anyone anticipating a formal follow-up to the Digital Government Strategy should stop doing so, senior federal information technology officials told a March 7 conference audience.

What went wrong with the Networx transition

A pair of internal analyses by the General Services Administration finds much to criticize in the structure of federal telecommunications contract Networx, portraying it as too complex, inflexible, and mismatched to the way agencies buy telecom services.

HHS seeks to boost ONC, cut healthcare.gov funding in 2015 budget

The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes $74.7 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a $14 million increase over the current year enacted amount.

DHS official touts machine-to-machine cyber threat data sharing

A Homeland Security Department official touted agency use of a machine-to-machine format for sharing cyber threat information during a March 7 hearing. It's rolling out a standardized way of representing cyber threat information in a structured way – in a manner that computers can understand – called the Structured Threat Information Expression.

Swiping ID cards to logon to mobile devices? Maybe not, says NIST

What's worked for laptops and desktops won't work for mobile devices when it comes to verifying users' identity, says the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Enter what NIST calls a "derived credential," a way of taking the identity verification and encryption key infrastructure built up since 2004 for the identity smartcards and applying it to mobile devices.

2015 Budget Request: FAA NextGen

NextGen funding at the Federal Aviation Administration would drop from $901 million to $836 million under the Transportation Department's budget proposal for fiscal 2015.

White House proposes NIST funding boost

Scientific and technical research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology would get a nearly $30 million boost under the White House's spending proposal for the coming fiscal year.

2015 Budget Request: NTIA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration requests $51 million in discretionary appropriations in the White House budget proposal for the next federal fiscal year.

Scant detail so far on 'federal cyber campus' proposal

Details so far on a proposed "federal cyber campus" contained within the White House budget proposal are scarce, beyond a few offhand references.

DoD requests $5.1 billion for cyberspace operations

The military says it needs $5.1 billion in appropriations this coming fiscal year to fully support cyberspace operations, of the offensive and defensive variety.

Chart: Federal agencies' fiscal 2015 IT spending requests

The federal information technology spending proposal for the coming fiscal year totals approximately $79 billion.

DHS proposes $1.25 billion for cybersecurity spending

The proposed Homeland Security Department cybersecurity budget for the coming federal fiscal year amounts to $1.25 billion, show budget documents released today. DHS over the course of the Obama administration has assumed an increasingly central role in securing federal networks and in urging private sector companies considered to be "critical infrastructure" into better cybersecurity practices.

2015 Budget Request: NOAA (UPDATED)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive a total budget authority of $5.44 billion under the White House budget proposal released today. Current year spending is $5.18 billion.

 

Audio: OMB officials on the fiscal 2015 president's management agenda

Two Office of Management and Budget officials spoke March 4 about the Obama administration's management agenda in the coming fiscal year as detailed in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal.

2015 Budget Request: Veterans Affairs OI&T

The White House fiscal 2015 budget request designates $3.9 billion for the Office of Information and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department. In nominal terms, that's a $2 billion increased from the estimated current year amount of $3.7 billion.

 

2015 Budget Request: E-gov, Federal Citizen Services Fund and IEEUIT

The Obama administration in its fiscal 2015 request proposes erasing the e-gov fund as a stand-alone pot of money and requests $20 million for a fund controlled by the federal chief information officer.

The president's 2015 budget request

The federal information technology spending proposal for the coming fiscal year totals $79.1 billion, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday during a call with reporters. It includes $35.4 billion for the Defense Department and $43.7 billion for civilian agencies. As always with OMB calculations about federal IT spending, that figure doesn't account for classified spending.

Former officials propose electric grid cybersecurity body

A new electric grid industry group with support from Congress could help protect the grid against cyber attacks, says a report published Friday by the Bipartisan Policy Center.