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CISA floats plan to better secure federal civilian email

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency wants to beef up federal civilian email security with CISA-provisioned threat hunting and incident response efforts, according to a request for information published last week.

Lawmakers dig into FedRAMP security

Security weaknesses in the FedRAMP program were raised at a meeting between federal officials and lawmakers ahead of a vote to codify the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program into law.

CBP expands biometric authentication to Maine border crossings

Customs and Border Protection will use Simplified Arrival to provide a streamlined and contactless authentication process at pedestrian crossings.

TSA calls for public transportation info sharing center

The Transportation Security Administration wants to stand up an Information Sharing and Analysis Center that would provide security incident reporting, threat-monitoring and information sharing for mass transit and passenger rail service operators.

CISA issues enterprise mobile security checklist

The Enterprise Mobility Management system checklist outlines steps for device management, authentication, app and network security as well as defending enterprise systems from mobile devices.

Medical response app for mass casualty incidents

The Resource Information Tracking and Medical Communications Application will not only allow clinicians and local responders to chat and videoconference, but it will also create a common operating picture for officials managing a disaster.

Infrastructure law: High-speed internet is as essential as water and electricity

Federal, state and local governments have an opportunity to ensure broadband infrastructure and funding is equitably distributed to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness and provide access to public services, such as health care and education.

The big lift: Modernizing state UI systems

The Department of Labor and the U.S. Digital Service are working with states to develop modular components to augment states’ legacy unemployment insurance systems.

DHS Cybersecurity Talent Management System

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Talent Management System updates the agency’s practices around hiring, compensating and developing employees.

CISA directive requires vulnerability fixes in 6 months

A new binding operational directive puts federal civilian agencies on a six-month clock to remediate known vulnerabilities.

Veterans Affairs Platform One speeds cloud app development

A new platform lets development teams focus on applications and leaves the back end work to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology.

IRS’ bot shop streamlines IT services

Through early adoption of artificial intelligence and robotic process automation, UNS has strategically targeted IT support issues with RPA, specifically ones that require substantial resources.

Parallel CDC network makes lab data more accessible

The Isolated Secure Laboratory Environment allows a wide range of operating systems, configurations, software and instruments to be joined onto a highly secure autonomous network.

Census rebuilds construction data collection, analysis processes

By automating the classification of construction activities shown in satellite images, the Census Bureau has eliminated the need to manually collect and process data from thousands of survey responses.

USPTO’s path from open data to AI

A foundation in open data laid the groundwork for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s artificial intelligence journey.

IRS tax system modernization falls further behind

The already delayed modernization was pushed back even further as the IRS dealt with pandemic-induced back-ordered hardware, delays in procurement activities and staff being reassigned to support COVID-19 response.

FCC commissioner calls for tighter restrictions on DJI drones

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called for prohibiting Universal Service Fund dollars from being used to purchase DJI equipment and suggested the company be placed on its covered list.