The web-based licensing system generally meets operational capabilities as intended, but use varies among license reviewers, who evaluate new or amended license applications, and inspectors, who visit licensees to make sure they comply.
The Veterans Affairs Department is using the recent information system breaches at the Office of Personnel Management as an opportunity to review current security practices and push existing protocols that may not have been fully implemented.
A new Treasury Inspector General report states that the Internal Revenue Service is making headway toward meeting customers' demands for more electronic services and products
Spurred by initiatives such as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the Homeland Security Department is restructuring the Office of the Chief Information Officer to better meet information technology needs.
In a July 1 letter addressed to federal officials, the Professional Services Council expressed concern over the suspension of the Office of Personnel Management's "e-QIP" system two days earlier after the vulnerability was discovered.
The Office of Personnel Management notified federal agencies and departments June 29 that the web-based platform used to submit background investigation forms, known as e-QIP, will be offline for four to six weeks for security enhancements.
Login credentials for 47 federal agencies across 89 unique domains may have been exposed, leaving them open to espionage and criminal attacks, reported Recorded Future, which analyzed open source intelligence data and 17 paste sites for a year.
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 authorizes DHS to assist the Office of Management and Budget with managing and monitoring implementation of security requirements by agencies and providing them with operational and technical assistance, among other activities.
The House approved a bill that would let Congress check over plans to shift control over the Internet's domain name system to an international organization.
U.S. officials blame Chinese hackers for stealing personal data on about 4 million current and former government employees, although a news report cites other government officials saying that it may have actually affected up to 18 million people, including prospective employees.