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Industry, Workforce

Lawmakers push skills-based hiring for federal contractors

April 10, 2024

Via: Federal News Network

As agencies have been gradually shifting toward skills-based hiring, a pair of lawmakers is seeking to expand that effort to another group: federal contractors. Trying to take skills-based hiring a step further, Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) […]


Industry, Workforce

The Labor Department wants Congress to help to fix unemployment insurance tech and delivery

April 9, 2024

Via: Government Executive

The Labor Department has a new “transformation plan” to shore up the unemployment insurance system for the next crisis after the pandemic exposed its weaknesses. It says it will need the help of Capitol Hill to sufficiently fund the program, […]


Defense, Industry

Passing 2025 defense spending bill will be ‘particularly difficult’

April 9, 2024

Via: Federal News Network

While passing the 2024 defense budget was arduous as lawmakers struggled to agree on government funding plans for nearly six months into the fiscal year, negotiating the 2025 defense spending is shaping up to be “particularly difficult.” The Pentagon proposed […]


Cybersecurity

US Environmental Protection Agency hack exposes data of 8.5 million users

April 8, 2024

Via: CSO Online

The US federal arm tasked with environmental protection matters, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is allegedly experiencing a data breach affecting over 8.5 million users. The breach, which has reportedly exposed personal and sensitive information belonging to EPA’s customers and […]


Federal, Policy

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces reckoning with $73B budget deficit lawmakers say he helped create

April 8, 2024

Via: Fox News

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has to reconcile a $73 billion budget deficit by the end of June, a problem some lawmakers and analysts say his “mismanagement of state finances” helped create. In 2022, Newsom signed a $301 billion budget into […]


Cybersecurity

US government blames 2023 Exchange breach on ‘preventable’ security failures by Microsoft

April 3, 2024

Via: CSO Online

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a critical assessment of Microsoft’s security protocols in the wake of the summer 2023 Exchange Online breach, concluding that security failures within Microsoft created the conditions that allowed Chinese state-backed hacking […]


Cybersecurity

Missouri county declares state of emergency amid suspected ransomware attack

April 3, 2024

Via: ArsTechnica

Jackson County, Missouri, has declared a state of emergency and closed key offices indefinitely as it responds to what officials believe is a ransomware attack that has made some of its IT systems inoperable. “Jackson County has identified significant disruptions […]


Policy, State & Local

Biden and Trump win Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Wisconsin primaries

April 2, 2024

Via: Washington's Top News

Voters in four states weighed in Tuesday on their parties’ presidential nominees, a largely symbolic vote now that both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have locked up the Democratic and Republican nominations. Biden and Trump easily won […]


Cybersecurity

The Pentagon wants to help boost cybersecurity for small contractors

April 2, 2024

Via: Government Executive

The Pentagon is working on a shared virtual cloud-based workspace for contractors as a way to boost their cybersecurity and part of a larger strategic effort to make defense companies more secure. “There are some things that we’re working on […]


Industry, Transportation & Infrastructure

DOT accepting applications for more than $5B in infrastructure grants

April 1, 2024

Via: Transportation Today

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was accepting applications for $5.1 billion in discretionary grants programs. The grants for regionally or nationally significant infrastructure projects would come from three major discretionary grant programs, but the application process […]


Cybersecurity

Robust remote access security for the utilities sector advances with Zero Trust

March 28, 2024

Via: CIO

Cyberattacks on utilities more than doubled from 2020 to 2022. It’s likely the case that the rapid growth of connected assets is outstripping security capabilities. One analyst firm predicts that by 2026, industrial organizations will have more than 15 billion […]


Policy, State & Local

GOP senator visits border, hails Abbott’s success slowing migrant surge despite Biden admin opposition

March 28, 2024

Via: Fox News

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., returning from the southern border, is backing Gov. Greg Abbott in his efforts to secure the Texas border, pointing to a sharp change in migrant traffic in the Eagle Pass area. Blackburn visited the border in […]


Energy & Environment, Industry

Yellen says China’s rapid buildout of its green energy industry ‘distorts global prices’

March 27, 2024

Via: Washington's Top News

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is calling out China’s ramped-up production in solar energy, electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries, calling it unfair competition that “distorts global prices” and “hurts American firms and workers, as well as firms and workers around the […]


Cybersecurity

New Russian cyberespionage group APT29 campaign targets politicians

March 26, 2024

Via: CSO Online

Researchers warn that a cyberespionage group linked to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, has recently launched a spear-phishing campaign targeting one of Germany’s major political parties. This is a departure from the group’s typical targeting of government agencies and […]


Industry, Workforce

Amazon, SpaceX and other companies are arguing the government agency that has protected labor rights since 1935 is actually unconstitutional

March 25, 2024

Via: Government Executive

Amazon, SpaceX, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s have all responded to allegations that they have violated labor laws with the same bold argument. The National Labor Relations Board, they assert in several ongoing legal proceedings, is unconstitutional. SpaceX, for example, says […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Justice Department sues Apple over iPhone antitrust violations

March 21, 2024

Via: BGR

The US Department of Justice is suing Apple over alleged antitrust violations. According to the DOJ, the second most valuable tech company is blocking rivals from accessing key hardware and software features on the iPhone. This marks the third time […]


Cybersecurity

“Disabling cyberattacks” are hitting critical US water systems, White House warns

March 20, 2024

Via: ArsTechnica

The Biden administration on Tuesday warned the nation’s governors that drinking water and wastewater utilities in their states are facing “disabling cyberattacks” by hostile foreign nations that are targeting mission-critical plant operations. “Disabling cyberattacks are striking water and wastewater systems […]


Policy, State & Local

Supreme Court allows Texas to begin enforcing law that lets police arrest migrants at border

March 19, 2024

Via: Washington's Top News

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to begin enforcing a law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally as a legal battle over the measure continues to play out. The conservative […]


Federal, Policy

Border policy a key sticking point in Congress with shutdown deadline just days away

March 18, 2024

Via: Washington's Top News

Lawmakers are scrambling to avert a partial shutdown ahead of a federal government funding deadline at the end of the week. After months of averting shutdowns at the eleventh hour with stopgap bills, Congress finally passed a package of six […]


Industry, Transportation & Infrastructure

Biden admin set to finalize major gas car crackdown over warnings from automakers, energy industry

March 18, 2024

Via: Fox News

The Biden administration is expected this week to finalize highly anticipated regulations targeting gas-powered vehicle tailpipe emissions, considered the tip of the spear in its efforts to electrify the transportation sector. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to issue […]