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DHS Wins Slew of Gov. InfoSec Awards

The Department of Homeland Security took home several awards at the 14th annual International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC.)² DHS staff dominated, reports CyberScoop, with its staff or former staff winning four of six government slots. DHS won in the categories of community awareness, the “up and coming information security professional” category, …

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DOJ, DHS Seek to Provide User-Friendly Tech for Employees

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security aim to provide “user-friendly” technologies for employees in an effort to mitigate threats and address mission needs, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. William Snelson, associate director of operations at DOJ’s U.S. Marshals Service, told MeriTalk that federal employees must match the technological skills of adversaries to stay ahead of …

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Federal Govt ‘Spending Data’ Now Available via AWS Relational Database Service

The Treasury Department has launched the USAspending.gov database on Amazon Relational Database Service in an effort to provide citizens access to federal government spending data. USAspending.gov data related to federal contracts, loans, grants and employee salaries can be accessed as a public PostgreSQL snapshot on Amazon RDS, AWS said Tuesday. The database …

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Marine Corps Looks to Field 3D-Printed UAS in Combat Operations

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to deploy a small unmanned aircraft system built using three-dimensional printing technology to support the military branch’s combat operations in the coming weeks, Defense Systems reported Monday. Capt. Christopher Wood, co-lead for additive manufacturing at the Marine Corps headquarters, said that the Nibbler UAS will aid surveillance missions alongside other …

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3 House Lawmakers Ask OPM to Simplify Federal Cyber Talent Hiring Process

Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Washington), Kathleen Rice (D-New York) and Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) have urged the Office of Personnel Management to modify requirements and streamline the recruitment process for federal cybersecurity jobs. Kilmer, Rice and Gottheimer currently serve as co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition’s Cybersecurity Task Force and told Acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan in …

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Report: DoD to Release Unmanned Tech Road Map Soon

The Defense Department could soon unveil a road map that will describe how DoD plans to utilize unmanned air, ground and maritime technologies over the next 25 years, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes the U.S. Air Force has assembled enterprise capability collaboration teams to help the service branch make decisions concerning its force structure Lt. …

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