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FirstNet works around lack of data, applications standards

Open, standards-based technology is the backbone of what will be a nationwide public safety broadband network, but standards aren't available for all aspects of what is needed for interoperability.

NSTIC NPO issues documents to guide identity solution performance, evaluation discussions

In advance of its Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem workshop Jan. 12 and 13, the National Institute of Standards and Technology team responsible for the implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC, has issued three white papers that dive into how identity solutions can be evaluated and measured.

DHS debuts more detailed terror threat Bulletin system

The Department of Homeland Security issued its first NTAS Bulletin Dec. 16 under a relaunch of the National Terrorism Advisory System.

Spotlight: Defense Secretary used personal email for official business

A spokesperson for Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed to The New York Times that the national security official used his personal email account to conduct official business.

Bill statuses in XML coming in early 2016, says Congress

During a meeting Dec. 15, congressional leadership and legislative branch agencies made a firm commitment to publishing the status information of bills from the 113th Congress onward in a machine-readable format.

GAO finds gender disparities in federal STEM grants

Several federal agencies that award research grants in science and technology fields demonstrated disparities in success rates between men and women or lacked the data to detect gender-based differences, according to recent government analysis.

Global Internet governance document takes a light approach to cybersecurity

State Department officials speaking from the WSIS+10 High-level Meeting at UN headquarters in New York said the World Summit on the Information Society Plus Ten, or WSIS+10, final outcome document takes a light approach to cybersecurity.

Arrest highlights Islamic State's use of technology to recruit, fund attacks

A Maryland man arrested by the FBI last week on charges that he attempted to provide material support to ISIL used an array of technology to coordinate with the group.

Cybersecurity legislation creeps into Omnibus

Congressional leadership reached an agreement late Tuesday on a budget deal that appropriates $1.067 trillion in base discretionary budget authority for fiscal 2016.

Executive Order targets SES hiring, rotations, performance awards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Dec. 15 that aims to reform the Senior Executive Service by streamlining hiring and onboarding, increasing rotations and raising the spending cap on performance awards to government executives.

Spotlight: Military housing allowance to rise in 2016

Basic Allowance Housing rates that take effect Jan. 1 will increase by about 3.4 percent in the aggregate across locations and paygrades for active-duty service members and their families.

Recent terrorist attacks, encryption debate could spur legislative response in 2016, McConnell says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday recent terrorist attacks and the possible use of encryption to carry them out are good reasons for the Republican-led Senate to pursue legislation that empowers intelligence agencies in 2016.

DHS hopes to appeal to startups with phased contracting

In an effort to attract innovative technology companies and startups, the Homeland Security Department's Silicon Valley office has devised a new contracting model that uses "targeted non-dilutive funding" and offers opportunities for operational testing and market access.

2020 Census will be more vulnerable to fraud, disruption, says report

The 2020 Decennial Census will be the first that directs resident to use the Internet to respond rather than paper-based forms, and that raises a host of security concerns, according to a report published last month by JASON, an independent advisory group which consults with the government on science and technology.

GAO: Without a plan, DoD could struggle to balance acquisition workforce

The Defense Department's acquisition workforce plan is three years overdue, leaving efforts to close acquisitions skills gaps at the department without a rudder, said the Government Accountability Office.

In hot water: EPA social media violated propaganda, anti-lobbying rules, Antideficiency Act, says GAO

The Environmental Protection Agency violated propaganda and anti-lobbying rules with a social media campaign intended to garner public support for a water rule that has been the subject of fierce debate on the Hill and in courtrooms.

Drone registration plan finalized, Senator says FAA must do more

The Federal Aviation Administration Dec. 14 issued a final rule for the registration of unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, based on recommendations from a task force convened by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Spotlight: Congress, White House near budget deal

A late Monday evening conference call between White House and Congressional lawmakers yielded substantial progress toward a budget deal, the Associated Press reports. A $1.1 trillion governmentwide...

White House calls for feedback on encryption debate

In response to a petition that garnered more than 100,000 signatures and urges the president to support strong encryption technologies, the White House called for public comments on the subject Dec. 8.

OPM sends last of background check database breach notifications

The Office of Personnel Management has concluded the initial mailing of notification letters to those impacted by a breach to its background investigation database that became public this summer.