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House Approves DHS Database Consolidation Bill

The House has passed a bill that would consolidate databases and systems of the Department of Homeland Security‘s 22 component agencies in a move to simplify information sharing across DHS, FCW reported Tuesday. The DHS Data Framework Act seeks to streamline the process for exchange and analysis of intelligence on national …

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James Clapper Addresses Encryption’s Impact on Intell Gathering Vs Terrorist Groups

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said the availability of commercial encryption software “had and is having major, profound effects on our ability” to gather intelligence on the Islamic State organization, the Christian Science Monitor reported Monday. Anne Mulrine writes Clapper made the remarks at a Monitor-hosted breakfast Monday in Washington. Leaks of …

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FAS: DoD Clearance Holders Drop 20% Since 2013

The Defense Department reduced its number of security clearance holders by 900,000 from fiscal year 2013 through the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 in an effort to address potential insider threats, the Federation of American Scientists reported Wednesday. Steven Aftergood wrote in a FAS blog post that there are approximately 3.7 million employees and …

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Bill Evanina Updates House Panel on ODNI’s Security Clearance Reform Efforts

Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has provided lawmakers an update on the efforts of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s NCSC to introduce reforms to the security clearance investigation process. Evanina said in written testimony Thursday before the House Oversight Committee that NCSC has partnered with …

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GAO Recommends DoD Guidance, Oversight for Insider-Threat Programs

The Government Accountability Office calls for the Defense Department to release guidance on the implementation of insider-threat programs and subsequent risk assessments and to evaluate current programs to identify capability gaps. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that the DoD components included in its review have inconsistently incorporated the security elements …

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White House Order Tightens Classified Info Policies

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday strengthening policies for handling classified information, following a review of policies and practices regarding the handling of classified information. The order requires federal agencies to designate a senior official to oversee the agency’s classified information and safeguarding. Agencies must also implement a …

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Lynn, Mullen Comment on Pentagon Expanding Cyber Threat Intel With Contractors

The Defense Department is expanding a pilot program to share cyber threat intelligence to help better protect its prime contractors. This comes as the Pentagon continues to investigate a growing number of cases involving the mishandling or removal of classified data from military and commercial systems. The trial program, involving …

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