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House bill would keep election systems ‘critical’

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would further solidify state election systems as U.S. critical infrastructure Continue reading

Lawmakers push DATA Act for financial industry

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has reintroduced a bill to modernize the financial reporting process for industry by mandating a standardized, machine-readable, open-data format Continue reading

VA chief swears off software development

“I’ve come to the conclusion that VA building its own software products and doing its own software dev inside is not a good way to pursue this,” Shulkin said. Continue reading

Post-OPM hack efforts to close cyber gaps paid off in 2016

If nothing else, the fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows the focus over the last two years by the Obama administration is paying off. Continue reading

Senate votes to kill Obama contractor rule

The Senate voted Monday to kill an Obama administration rule aimed at curbing labor violations among government contractors. Continue reading

House committee lays out priorities for SBA

The House Small Business Committee this week approved its fiscal 2018 Views and Estimates, a guideline for the upcoming congressional session and budget process that focuses on improved services for the small business community. Continue reading

Fully funded defense appropriations bill getting a late jumpstart

It may be late, but the Defense Department might end up getting its 2017 funding after all. Continue reading

McCain continues push for cyber policy

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is running out of patience when it comes to U.S. formulating what he considers an effective cyber strategy. Continue reading

April showers bring legislative flowers for defense

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he’s hopeful Congress can actually appropriate 2017 funds to the Defense Department before April 1. Continue reading

Cybersecurity Still an Uphill Battle After OPM Breach, DoD CIO Says

Though lessons learned from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach have resulted in many improvements in cybersecurity practices, the 2015 breach and subsequent cyber incidents led members at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday to question the pace of Federal data protection efforts. Continue reading