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FCW is also a top advertising, marketing and event resource for companies who want to reach the U.S. federal IT market.en-usFri, 30 Jun 2023 15:14:00 -0400Third-party contractor software exploited in attack on HHS datahttps://fcw.com/security/2023/06/third-party-contractor-software-exploited-attack-hhs-data/388165/An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said attackers gained access to data by exploiting a major vulnerability found in the popular MOVEit file transfer service.Chris RiottaFri, 30 Jun 2023 15:14:00 -0400https://fcw.com/security/2023/06/third-party-contractor-software-exploited-attack-hhs-data/388165/CybersecurityCybercriminals breached a third party contractor's network to access Department of Health and Human Services data using vulnerabilities in the MOVEit file transfer service.Alex Wong / Getty ImagesCitizens are helping government reach its ambitious scientific goalshttps://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/citizens-are-helping-government-reach-its-ambitious-scientific-goals/388132/The government is looking for everyday people to help collect, study or parse information related to various scientific projects.John Breeden IIFri, 30 Jun 2023 10:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/citizens-are-helping-government-reach-its-ambitious-scientific-goals/388132/CommentaryEverste/Getty ImagesCan NIH help drive health data access?https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/can-nih-help-drive-health-data-access/388077/The National Institutes of Health is aiming to address challenges with public health data interoperability by setting new data-sharing expectations.Chris RiottaFri, 30 Jun 2023 08:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/can-nih-help-drive-health-data-access/388077/Digital GovernmentPhoto courtesy: National Institutes of HealthNavy gets new cyber categories https://fcw.com/defense/2023/06/navy-gets-new-cyber-categories/388126/The move will make it so cryptologists and IT professionals no longer have additional duties in cyberspace operations.Lauren C. WilliamsFri, 30 Jun 2023 08:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/defense/2023/06/navy-gets-new-cyber-categories/388126/DefenseSailors at Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command in 2010.U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua WahlDemocrats, civic tech orgs back IRS plans to pilot e-filing servicehttps://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/democrats-civic-tech-orgs-back-irs-plans-pilot-e-filing-service/388136/But support of the forthcoming pilot isn’t universal.Natalie AlmsThu, 29 Jun 2023 17:12:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/democrats-civic-tech-orgs-back-irs-plans-pilot-e-filing-service/388136/Digital GovernmentA letter coauthored by officials from Georgetown University’s Beeck Center and former federal tech officials support an IRS pilot for a direct, e-file system. Robert Barnes / Getty ImagesVA secretary: Automation will help agency ‘make better, faster, more informed decisions’https://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/va-secretary-automation-will-help-agency-make-better-faster-more-informed-decisions/388119/VA Secretary Denis McDonough said the department is poised “to deliver a completely new, fully integrated experience” for veterans as officials expect a further increase in PACT Act claims.Edward GrahamThu, 29 Jun 2023 16:06:00 -0400https://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/va-secretary-automation-will-help-agency-make-better-faster-more-informed-decisions/388119/IT ModernizationVA Secretary Denis McDonough said that the agency will continue to look to automation technologies to meet growing PACT Act benefits claims.Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesWe like to think we are best at digital, but maybe nothttps://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/we-think-we-are-best-digital-maybe-not/388074/COMMENTARY: Steve Kelman thinks the United States could learn a few things about technology-enhanced infrastructure from Europe and China.Steve KelmanThu, 29 Jun 2023 09:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/we-think-we-are-best-digital-maybe-not/388074/CommentaryA train arrives at the Hjulsta metro station in Stockholm.rusm/Getty ImagesUS and Sweden to partner on emerging energy researchhttps://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/us-and-sweden-partner-emerging-energy-research/388064/Strengthening basic research for critical scientific areas, including nuclear fusion, is the focus of a renewed partnership between the two countries.Alexandra KelleyWed, 28 Jun 2023 17:37:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/us-and-sweden-partner-emerging-energy-research/388064/Digital GovernmentThe Department of Energy will partner with the Swedish government to advance research in a range of scientific areas, including fusion technology. MARK GARLICK/Getty ImagesCritical cyber threats persist on federal networks despite recent directiveshttps://fcw.com/security/2023/06/critical-cyber-threats-persist-federal-networks-despite-recent-directives/388061/Hundreds of devices on federal networks remain in apparent violation of a recent Binding Operational Directive from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, according to a new report.Chris RiottaWed, 28 Jun 2023 16:47:00 -0400https://fcw.com/security/2023/06/critical-cyber-threats-persist-federal-networks-despite-recent-directives/388061/CybersecurityA new report from security firm Censys found that many internet-connected devices on federal networks remain vulnerable to potential cyberthreats. Oscar Wong / Getty ImagesCongress must use budget power to move tech firms out of Beijing’s orbit, former lawmaker sayshttps://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/congress-must-use-budget-power-move-tech-firms-out-beijings-orbit-former-lawmaker-says/388045/Former congressman and Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy said lawmakers need to be focused “like a bulldog on a bone” when ensuring the U.S. is positioned to compete with China’s tech ambitions.Edward GrahamWed, 28 Jun 2023 16:07:00 -0400https://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/congress-must-use-budget-power-move-tech-firms-out-beijings-orbit-former-lawmaker-says/388045/Congress32nd Under Secretary Of the Army, former Congressman Hon. Patrick J. Murphy speaks on stage at Headstrong Washington DC Gala at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on November 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. Murphy urged members of Congress to leverage their power of the purse to separate U.S. tech interests from China. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for HeadstrongWhite House unveils fiscal 2025 cybersecurity investment prioritieshttps://fcw.com/security/2023/06/white-house-unveils-fiscal-2025-cybersecurity-investment-priorities/388032/The administration is urging agencies to align their fiscal 2025 budget requests with recent guidance that prioritizes strengthening federal networks and systems against cyber intrusions.Chris RiottaWed, 28 Jun 2023 14:29:00 -0400https://fcw.com/security/2023/06/white-house-unveils-fiscal-2025-cybersecurity-investment-priorities/388032/CybersecurityBlackJack3D/Getty ImagesThe federal government must lead on infrastructure cybersecurityhttps://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/federal-government-must-lead-infrastructure-cybersecurity/387915/COMMENTARY | Federal leaders must take lessons learned from network protection efforts to empower state and local governments and critical infrastructure operators.Felipe FernandezWed, 28 Jun 2023 08:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/federal-government-must-lead-infrastructure-cybersecurity/387915/Commentaryimaginima/Getty ImagesMultiagency plan aims to boost biotechnology workforcehttps://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/multiagency-plan-aims-boost-biotechnology-workforce/387995/A new national strategy to grow the U.S.’s biotechnology sector focuses on workforce training and curriculum development.Alexandra KelleyTue, 27 Jun 2023 17:09:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/multiagency-plan-aims-boost-biotechnology-workforce/387995/Digital GovernmentA new action plan from the Biden administration looks to bolster biomanufacturing within the U.S.Solskin / Getty ImagesHouse, Senate China hawks concerned White House will let TikTok stay in the UShttps://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/house-senate-china-hawks-concerned-white-house-will-let-tiktok-stay-us/387991/Key Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate warned that tweaked language in a new Commerce Department rule could lay the groundwork for TikTok’s proposal to store U.S. users’ data in the country.Edward GrahamTue, 27 Jun 2023 16:29:00 -0400https://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/house-senate-china-hawks-concerned-white-house-will-let-tiktok-stay-us/387991/CongressSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., co-authored a letter with Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., warning that a new Commerce Department rule would not alleviate security concerns around TikTok.Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesCISA to launch new cyber supply chain resource hubhttps://fcw.com/security/2023/06/cisa-launch-new-cyber-supply-chain-resource-hub/387988/The new resource center will allow federal agencies and industry stakeholders to get their hands on practical tools to help meet new cyber supply chain risk management.Chris RiottaTue, 27 Jun 2023 16:04:09 -0400https://fcw.com/security/2023/06/cisa-launch-new-cyber-supply-chain-resource-hub/387988/CybersecurityBusakorn Pongparnit/Getty ImagesDHS looks to invest in digital credentialing https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/dhs-looks-invest-digital-credentialing/387982/The department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program issued a new solicitation looking for privacy-preserving digital credential wallets and verifiers.Natalie AlmsTue, 27 Jun 2023 15:44:07 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/dhs-looks-invest-digital-credentialing/387982/Digital GovernmentDilok Klaisataporn/Getty ImagesCaller ID woes contributed to SSA disability backloghttps://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/caller-id-woes-contributed-ssa-disability-backlog/387980/Disability determinations at the Social Security Administration slowed during the worst days of the pandemic, and a hitch in a mobile device service played a part.Adam MazmanianTue, 27 Jun 2023 15:35:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/caller-id-woes-contributed-ssa-disability-backlog/387980/Digital GovernmentA Social Security Administration OIG report found that pandemic telework challenges and workforce attrition contributed to a backlog of disability claims.Johnrob / Getty ImagesThe digital future may rely on ultrafast optical electronics and computershttps://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/digital-future-may-rely-ultrafast-optical-electronics-and-computers/387971/COMMENTARY | About a decade ago, scientific efforts hit the speed limit of semiconductor-based transistors.Mohammed HassanTue, 27 Jun 2023 14:10:00 -0400https://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/digital-future-may-rely-ultrafast-optical-electronics-and-computers/387971/Commentarynadla/Getty ImagesInside DHS’ quest to streamline customer experience and ease public burdenhttps://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/inside-dhs-quest-streamline-customer-experience-and-ease-public-burden/387926/The Department of Homeland Security’s CIO detailed how his agency saved the public 20 million hours accessing agency services in a move that signals a major culture change.Frank KonkelTue, 27 Jun 2023 05:00:00 -0400https://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/inside-dhs-quest-streamline-customer-experience-and-ease-public-burden/387926/IT ModernizationDHS Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen said a series of initiatives have helped the department slice through a swath of hours the public spends accessing government services.Department of Homeland SecurityLegislation would expand and extend government’s counterdrone authorityhttps://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/legislation-would-expand-and-extend-governments-counterdrone-authority/387936/Bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate would extend DHS and DOJ’s authority to mitigate the threat posed by unmanned aircraft systems, while also providing state and local law enforcement with enhanced counter-detection capabilities.Edward GrahamMon, 26 Jun 2023 16:52:20 -0400https://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/legislation-would-expand-and-extend-governments-counterdrone-authority/387936/CongressJoey Wendle of the Tampa Bay Rays gestures at an unauthorized drone flying over the field at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 2, 2020. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate is looking to extend and expand federal authority to counter threats from drones.Sarah Stier/Getty ImagesIs government culture stifling CX innovation?https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/government-culture-stifling-cx-innovation/387927/Risk aversion among government managers is blocking needed improvements to key programs, according to a recent white paper.Natalie AlmsMon, 26 Jun 2023 15:52:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/government-culture-stifling-cx-innovation/387927/Digital GovernmentPanuwat Dangsungnoen/Getty ImagesGovernment tech – What’s sustainability got to do with it?https://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/government-tech-whats-sustainability-got-do-it/387903/As it turns out, a lot, according to a recent best practices guide for agency CIO’s, and to Energy Department CIO Ann Dunkin.Natalie AlmsMon, 26 Jun 2023 11:37:00 -0400https://fcw.com/it-modernization/2023/06/government-tech-whats-sustainability-got-do-it/387903/IT ModernizationAn IT sustainability guide from the GSA and CIO Council advises agencies to consider energy efficiency and environmental impact in their technology procurements.metamorworks / Getty ImagesFor IRS Direct File, let the evidence guide the wayhttps://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/irs-direct-file-let-evidence-guide-way/387896/COMMENTARY | A randomized, controlled trial is the best way to find out if using a government system to file taxes directly with the IRS will improve tax collection while reducing burden on taxpayers.Justin BaerMon, 26 Jun 2023 11:00:06 -0400https://fcw.com/comment/2023/06/irs-direct-file-let-evidence-guide-way/387896/CommentaryZach Gibson/Getty ImagesHouse Oversight members want Login.gov documents outlining $187M modernization awardhttps://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/house-oversight-members-want-logingov-documents-outlining-187m-modernization-award/387872/The chairman and ranking member of a House subcommittee investigating alleged misleading statements about the digital identity site want to know how the site’s project team secured a $187 million modernization grant.Carten CordellFri, 23 Jun 2023 16:04:00 -0400https://fcw.com/digital-government/2023/06/house-oversight-members-want-logingov-documents-outlining-187m-modernization-award/387872/Digital GovernmentRep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, cosigned letters to leaders at GSA, FedRAMP and the Technology Modernization Fund Wednesday requesting briefings on Login.gov.Bill Clark / Getty ImagesDemocrats call YouTube ‘extremely irresponsible’ for election misinformation rollbackhttps://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/democrats-call-youtube-extremely-irresponsible-election-misinformation-rollback/387869/YouTube’s decision to stop removing false content about previous U.S. elections “threatens to weaken our democracy,” several top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a letter to the platform’s leaders.Edward GrahamFri, 23 Jun 2023 15:52:00 -0400https://fcw.com/congress/2023/06/democrats-call-youtube-extremely-irresponsible-election-misinformation-rollback/387869/CongressCHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images