Want more women in IT? Change the approach to young girls

A group of federal CIOs — all women — said if the nation is going to be successful in attracting more women to the federal IT field it will have to change the messaging it sends to young girls in grammar school.

New IT subcommittee to debut in 114th Congress

Less than a week after the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act and several cybersecurity-related pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House and Senate to close out the 113th Congress, the head of the next Congress’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a new subcommittee devoted solely to IT.

White House officially unveils disaster data portal

More than two years after Hurricane Sandy stormed the East Coast, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy officially launched a portal to aggregate open disaster-related data from across the country.

Agencies lay groundwork to make data more valuable

Chief data officers are helping federal agencies make government data cleaner, more accessible and ultimately independent of the systems they were created on.

Education Department OIG uncovers IT vulnerabilities

The information technology systems at the Education Department are vulnerable to attacks, according to a report this month from the agency’s inspector general.

Bobbie Stempfley explains DHS’ new network scanning authority

Bobbie Stempfley, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and emergency communications at the Department of Homeland Security, joins FedScoop TV at FedTalks 2014 to discuss her agency’s new authority to scan agency networks for cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Watch FedTalks 2014′s Cybersecurity Fireside Chat

Bobbie Stempfley, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity strategy and emergency communications at the Department of Homeland Security, discusses her agency’s cyber strategy with moderator Robert Potter, vice president of federal sales for Symantec, during FedTalks 2014′s cybersecurity fireside chat.

Postal Service hack raises new security questions

The Postal Service is still scrambling to process a system breach from two months ago that put the personal information of 800,000 employees at risk, an agency executive told lawmakers Wednesday.

Archives seeks new Federal Register director with top-secret clearance

The National Archives is on the hunt for a new director of the Federal Register — one with a top-secret security clearance.

NOAA advances model to expand open data access

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is getting closer to a crafting a model to fund expanded access to the agency’s vast data troves.

Employee data potentially compromised in USPS systems breach

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said personal information for any current postal employee and any employee who left the agency sometime after May 2012 could be at risk. The network intruder also may have accessed information about customers who contacted the Postal Service call center this year between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16.

Budget cuts hit Coast Guard IT modernization hard

Significant funding reductions have forced the U.S. Coast Guard to defer technology upgrades on older ships and a next-generation aviation mission system, leaving Coast Guard personnel at sea dealing with malfunctioning and obsolete systems, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.

Transportation Department launches website for cruise ship info

Even though the Transportation Department only has minimal involvement in the cruise line industry, the department launched a website last week to direct users to the appropriate agency, whether it be the Federal Maritime Commission or the Coast Guard, to handle their complaint or comment.

What does the White House network breach mean for cybersecurity reform?

As Congress prepares to come back after this week’s elections, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., suggested that the recent White House network breach should inspire a call to action to address some of the cybersecurity legislation pending on Capitol Hill, including the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014.

NTIS expands free access to federal science and tech studies

The National Technical Information Service has upgraded its research database, giving the public free access to a trove of 800,000 documents related to federal science and technology research.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates offers sober critique of U.S. cybersecurity posture

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unleashed a scathing assessment Thursday of the U.S. government’s handling of national cybersecurity policy, blaming bureaucratic turf battles and a dysfunctional Congress for the lack of progress on information sharing and critical infrastructure protection.

DHS sees wearables as the future for first responders

The Department of Homeland Security outlined a new vision Tuesday that focuses on how to leverage emerging technology for the nation’s first responders.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

TSA Administrator John Pistole to retire

John Pistole, the longest serving administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, announced today he will retire at the end of the year and plans to accept a new position in academia.

Tech firms, associations lead response to cybersecurity framework

The nation’s critical infrastructure is massive in its size, diversity and geographic spread — literally tens of thousands of financial, transportation, power, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and government organizations from coast to coast. So it may have been a surprise to some when the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted a mere 52 responses last week to the Obama administration’s voluntary framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

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