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OPM breach story playing out at Education Dept., says congressman

Agencies aren't doing enough to implement the information security recommendations made by the oversight community, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

With 1 year until deadline, State Dept. begins search for email records management system

The State Department is seeking feedback on potential commercial off-the-shelf solutions or options that would modify or customize existing technology to help it meet a mandate for managing government email records.

Report: US sees uptick in cyberespionage from Iran

Since late October, State Department officials suffered a series of cyberattacks at the hands of Iranian hackers — the culmination of a months-long climb in cyberespionage activity against the U.S federal government from Iran, according to a recent report from  The New York Times.

OIG: Unimplemented plans, poorly positioned CIO threaten IT security at State Department

Several control weaknesses significantly impact the State Department's information security program, attributable in part to unimplemented strategies and a chief information officer who lacks security oversight authorities, a recent report found.

State Department looks to enhance biometric identity assurance technology

The State Department is considering updates to an identity assurance system that collects and matches fingerprint, iris and face data. The system, called Tactical High-Threat Operational Response, or THOR, needs additional work because the Defense Department halted in December 2014 a program with similar capabilities that was used by the State Department.

Excess unobligated program balances were helpful during the 2013 shutdown, says GAO

While auditors may typically frown on agencies' unobligated funds exceeding balances, the practice is sometimes justifiable, and it was particularly helpful during the 2013 government shutdown,  says  an Oct. 30 Government Accountability Office report.

State Department's proposed diplomatic security facility meets needed criteria, GAO says

While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.

State Department's proposed diplomatic security facility meets needed criteria, GAO says

While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.

State Department taps former assistant secretary to lead records management reform

Janice Jacobs, who was assistant secretary for consular affairs, will take on the newly created position in charge of of improving document preservation and records systems.

State Department taps former assistant secretary to lead records management reform

Janice Jacobs, who was assistant secretary for consular affairs, will take on the newly created position in charge of of improving document preservation and records systems.