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House Lawmakers Revive HHS Cybersecurity Bill

Rep. Billy Long (R-Missouri) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-California) have reintroduced a bill that aims to strengthen cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS Cybersecurity Modernization Act would authorize the HHS secretary to reorganize the department’s cybersecurity workforce, according to a press release posted Wednesday on the House …

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GSA’s Jon Johnson: Category Mgmt Helped Govt Achieve $500M in Mobile Tech Savings

Jon Johnson, director of the General Services Administration‘s enterprise mobility program, has said that the interagency Mobile Service Category Management Team helped government agencies save approximately $500 million on mobile devices and services, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Government-wide spending on mobile platforms and services decreased from $1.5 billion in 2013 …

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DoD Received $18.4B for Military Intell Program in FY 2017

Congress allocated $18.4 billion in total funds to the Defense Department‘s Military Intelligence Program for fiscal year 2017. DoD said Wednesday the total MIP funding includes the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated Monday its National Intelligence Program received $54.6 billion for FY …

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Lawmakers Modify NIST’s Cyber Auditing Authority Under Proposed Bill

House lawmakers have updated a proposed bill that originally aimed to make the National Institute of Standards and Technology responsible for auditing federal agencies’ cybersecurity, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The updated legislation would require NIST to support the security audits of agency inspectors general instead of running such audits themselves, the report said. …

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Shares Info on Wireless Network Vulnerability

The Department of Homeland Security has publicly shared information about a newly-discovered vulnerability in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II protocol that works to help protect almost all wireless network traffic, DHS’ Jeanette Manfra wrote in an article published Tuesday. Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS, said that the Software Engineering Institute’s …

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DoD Seeks OMB Approval to Collect Defense Industrial Base Information

The Defense Department seeks Office of Management and Budget approval DoD’s plan to collect information as part of an ongoing defense industrial base review. DoD said Thursday in a Federal Register notice that the proposed survey is urgent and will help the department identify, evaluate and issue recommendations to boost the defense industrial base. …

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Report: US Enters Agreement to Help Boost South Korea’s Missile & Nuclear Defense

The U.S. government has agreed to sell additional weapons, ramp up missile development and deploy nuclear weapons in South Korea to protect against regional threats, Defense News reported Sunday. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited South Korea last week to discuss the country’s …

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Report: DoD Surpasses $1.4T in Post-9/11 War Spending

A new report from the Defense Department says the U.S. government has exceeded $1.46 trillion in direct war-related spending since Sept. 11, 2001. The 74-page DoD report obtained by Secrecy News provides details on war-related appropriations and expenditures, including costs of military operations, deployed troop support and personnel and equipment transportation, the Federation of American Scientists said …

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