Tag: Federal

Federal, Policy

Justice Inspector General Goes to Work to Locate Disputed FBI Text Messages

January 24, 2018

Via: Government Executive

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the leader of the government’s watchdogs who is already probing the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election, is now being counted on to find lost bureau text messages some lawmakers believe show unfair treatment […]

Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Even without full compliance, DHS happy with email hygiene mandate

January 22, 2018

Via: FCW

Despite reports from researchers criticizing the rate at which the government is adopting domain and email security protocols, the government is happy with agencies’ progress. At a Jan. 16 event, a Department of Homeland Security official said the department was […]


Here’s What You Need to Know About ADA Compliance

January 6, 2018

Via: Michael Boyd

In June 2017, a Florida federal judge decided that Winn-Dixie’s website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (also known as ADA). The North American retailer was required to update its site because it was inaccessible to the visually impaired. According […]

Operations Security, Security

Agencies have a long way to go to fix security clearance problems, GAO says

December 13, 2017

Via: FCW

A new GAO audit has found that many federal agencies have yet to implement years-old recommendations to reform and speed up their security clearance processes. The report covers the time period between 2012 and 2016 and examines the progress made […]

Applications, Infrastructure

Federal website performance continues to lag

November 29, 2017

Via: FCW

Americans depend on more than 4,500 federal websites to access critical government services and information, but a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation finds of 91 percent of the most popular agency websites are failing to perform well […]

Operations Security, Security

Delayed Security Clearance Reforms Could Increase Costs for Agencies

November 23, 2017

Via: Government Executive

Intelligence officials are still far behind in perfecting a system to continuously evaluate security clearance holders by scanning public records rather than relying on rigorous re-clearance investigations every five or 10 years, a congressional watchdog found. In October 2016, the […]


Enrollment for threat sharing program continues to lag

November 2, 2017

Via: FCW

The federal government has big plans for a public-private cybersecurity information exchange, if only it can get buy-in from the private sector. Acting federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider told attendees at a Nov. 1 information sharing conference in […]

Networking Security, Security

DHS mandates new security standards for federal networks

October 17, 2017

Via: FCW

The Department of Homeland Security is requiring agencies to use new email and web security guidelines that address man-in-the-middle attacks. A binding operational directive from DHS gives federal agencies 90 days to implement a pair of tools, Domain-based Message Authentication […]

Operations Security, Security

Audit chides FDIC for sloppy breach protocols

October 9, 2017

Via: FCW

An Inspector General’s audit found that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s protocols for responding to a data breach aren’t being followed, even as the agency has faced dozens of security incidents in the past two years. The audit stemmed from […]

Federal, Policy

OPM names new CIO

October 3, 2017

Via: FCW

The Office of Personnel Management has a new CIO. Former Maryland CIO David Garcia will replace David DeVries, who resigned in September. OPM deputy CIO Rob Leahy has served in an interim role since Sept. 2. OPM confirmed the news […]