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GAO adds IT acquisitions and management as one of two new high-risk areas; list now at 32

The Government Accountability Office has designated information technology acquisitions and operations management as one of two new high-risk areas to a list that the agency has maintained on federal operations since 1990.

 

Q&A: IDESG's Peter Brown on building the NSTIC 'identity ecosystem' (Continued)

FierceGovernmentIT caught up with Peter Brown, chairman of the IDESG management council, to discuss the latest plenary meeting, the group's vision for an "identity ecosystem" and what happens to the organization when its contract with NIST runs out.

California court dismisses portion of NSA surveillance charges

A long-running legal battle against a National Security Agency surveillance program took a turn in favor of the government agency Feb. 10, when a California district court dismissed part of the charges brought against the NSA.

Q&A: IDESG's Peter Brown on building the NSTIC 'identity ecosystem'

FierceGovernmentIT caught up with Peter Brown, chairman of the IDESG management council, to discuss the latest plenary meeting, the group's vision for an "identity ecosystem" and what happens to the organization when its contract with NIST runs out.

NIST proposes updates to final draft of industrial control systems security guide, seeks input

The agency said it's seeking final public review and comment on the final draft – known as the Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security, or NIST Special Publication 800-82 – through March 9.

Obama administration to form new agency to help fight cyber threats, attacks

The new agency will integrate intelligence about cyber threats, provide analyses to policy makers and enhance the work of existing federal cybersecurity centers and others in response to the rising frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of cyber attacks.

DISA rolling out new open source, online collaboration tool for DoD employees across globe

The new tool provides secure voice and video exchange as well as the ability to share documents, PowerPoint slides, photos and spreadsheets in various formats. It also offers instant text messaging and chat functionality for multiple users.

OPM monitoring recent Anthem database breach containing 80M records

The Office of Personnel Management is monitoring whether the recently reported hacked database at Anthem Inc. has affected any of the 1.3 million federal employees that the health insurer covers.

GSA moves quickly on Agile BPA in response to agency demand

It only took six weeks for the General Services Administration to move from an idea to a request for information for its Agile Delivery Services blanket purchase agreement, and the agency won't be pumping the brakes anytime soon.

VMware's Tony Scott named federal chief information officer

The White House announced Feb. 5 that Tony Scott, chief information officer at cloud and virtualization software company VMWare, is the next federal CIO.

The president's 2016 budget request: Veterans Affairs Department

VA's Office of Information and Technology, or OI&T, requests a total budget authority of $4.13 billion in fiscal 2016 – $231 million more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $430 million more than the fiscal 2014 budget.

The president's 2016 budget request: Federal Aviation Administration and NextGen

The Federal Aviation Administration has requested $15.83 billion under the president's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – including almost $1 billion for Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen.

The president's 2016 budget request: General Services Administration's E-Gov and Federal Citizen Services Funds

The General Services Administration's Federal Citizen Services Fund would see an appropriation of $58.4 million for the next fiscal year, under the president's recently unveiled fiscal 2016 budget proposal. The figure is more than a 9 percent jump from fiscal 2015 enacted levels – or about $5.1 million – and significantly more than the offices' fiscal 2014 budget of $50.8 million. Of that $58.4 million, $16 million would go to electronic government, or E-Gov, activities in fiscal 2016.

The president's 2016 budget request: Health and Human Services Department

The president's fiscal 2016 budget request proposes $83.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department – or 6 percent more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level – that includes a sizable bump for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The president's 2016 budget request: Defense Department

The Defense Department requests $5.5 billion for "cyber capabilities enhancements" in fiscal 2016, according to a 29-page budget brief outlining the DoD's budget proposal. That's more than one-third of the $14 billion for cybersecurity governmentwide in the president's fiscal 2016 budget request.

EPA IG report: Chemical Safety Board addressing problems in information security program

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent federal agency that probes industrial chemical accidents, had numerous weaknesses across its information security program, including in its vulnerability testing process, the Environmental Protection Agency watchdog said in a Feb. 3 report.

The president's 2016 budget request: Energy Department

Within the president's fiscal 2016 budget proposal, the Energy Department seeks to boost investment in several areas, from modernizing the power grid to improving its own cyber defenses.

The president's 2016 budget request: Commerce Department

The Commerce Department  would see a a 15.3-percent hike in discretionary funding under President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – receiving $9.8 billion, up from $8.5 billion for the current fiscal year.

Heath data security, privacy are top concerns for CMS, FDA

The rapid growth of health data is helping federal agencies better chart the quality of care being provided and other trends nationwide, but it's also presenting some privacy and security challenges, said government officials.