The Consular Consolidated Database, or CCD, suffered a major performance breakdown resulting from a standard, scheduled software update, according to the department. Yet, the actual root cause of the incident and the details of what may have impacted the systems—either software or hardware failures—have not yet been determined, officials said.
The White House is reaching out to the nation's technology and agricultural sectors to develop new methods to monitor and respond to climate change, especially capabilities to ensure that crops and food distribution systems can cope with future climate-related disruptions.
The National Science Foundation recently announced funding for two teams of university researchers who will work on new approaches to enhance cybersecurity for information systems as weell as provide education and training around the issue.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public comment on a draft updating a guide designed to help agencies and others better assess how they're protecting federal information systems and networks.
The Government Accountability Office said agencies provided incomplete and inaccurate information about such assistance awards - totaling about $619 billion - on USASpending.gov, a publicly accessible website designed to improve transparency and accountability on federal spending.
A bipartisan Senate bill seeks to protect student educational records by limiting how that information is shared with private companies. The Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced on July 30 by Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requires that data security safeguards be put in place for sensitive student data held by private firms.
The Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology, or RFP-IT, Act was introduced July 30. The legislation proposes to enhance competition for government IT contracts, promote innovation, and strengthen accountability by creating a new government office.
Inadequate security protections of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture computer network could result in a data breach and loss, according to a new internal audit, which also found that the project's prime contractor even under- and overbilled the department for services.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it will begin accepting applications for a new round of competitive grants to help address challenges to the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.
Poor planning and oversight led to significant cost increases, schedule delays and flawed functionality of the federal website and systems that is the centerpiece of the president's healthcare program, congressional investigators said in a new report released July 30.
The House has passed a bill requiring any new federal website that collects personal data to be certified as functional and secure prior to launch.
In a letter to the FAA's Regulations Division, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation states that the administration's Special Rule for Model Aircraft is too narrowly defined and would limit the use and development of certain technologies.
Officially, Lauri Love was charged by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiracy, causing damage to a protected computer, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to an FBI statement July 24.
A recently published paper from the New American Foundation says that the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are causing "significant damage" to U.S. interests and the global Internet community.
The Defense Information Systems Agency closed its Huntsville, Ala., data center on May 30, a move that is expected to save the Defense Department about $3.2 annually.
New study promotes creation of professional association to address cybersecurity workforce shortfall
A new study calls for the creation of a professional association to address the shortage of highly trained cybersecurity experts who can deal with cyber hackers, thefts, attacks and disruptions, and vulnerabilities.
The report noted that the agency did not know when its offices were using cloud computing capabilities nor could the EPA provide evidence that it could access contractor's cloud networks for auditing and investigative purposes.
The SSA's Disability Case Processing System, or DCPS, has failed to produce a working system after more than six years of development and $288 million, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Census Bureau is combing the industry for information about how it could improve the presence of its public-facing website as well as search and navigation functionality.
Cyber attackers could potentially gain access to critical weather satellite systems through interconnected information systems, an internal Commerce Department audit has found.