Darwin McDaniel

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Remains at Risk of Cyber Attacks

The problems with cybersecurity controls that contributed to previous data breaches at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California remain unresolved, which may put the research center at risk of cyber attacks, according to a new report by the agency’s inspector general. “Over the past 10 years, JPL has experienced several notable cybersecurity incidents that have compromised major segments of its IT network,” the IG said in the report issued Tuesday

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USAF Secretary’s Space Adviser John Stopher Leaves Office for Industry Role

John Stopher, principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space, will leave his post on Wednesday to return to the private sector, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. He said in his resignation letter sent to President Trump that his new role would enable him to support industry in efforts to address the challenges in space in the future. 

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HHS Digital Service Lead Describes How Expanded IT Affects Healthcare

Shannon Sartin, executive director of digital service at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that expanding information technology may have positive and negative impact on the federal healthcare system, Nextgov reported Monday. Having too many systems running within HHS could increase challenges to healthcare providers, such as additional administrative tasks, which could lead to impersonal, inefficient and expensive care, Sartin said.

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House Bill Looks to Accelerate DoD Software Acquisitions

A new House bill would require the Department of Defense to implement rapid acquisition pathways to speed up the updates to vulnerable weapons systems, FCW reported Monday. The legislation added to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to accelerate acquisition of new apps and integration into existing military systems.

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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Space Development Agency Prefers Leased Satellite Services for Future Network

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, wants to lease commercial services to support the agency’s proposed satellite network in low-Earth orbit, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “I would be very happy to simply lease commercial services from these mega providers,” he said at a recent event of Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Trump Wants to Cut Federal Advisory Committees

President Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to assess the functions of advisory committees established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The administration aims to remove at least one third of existing committees across the government, according to the directive issued Friday

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Feds Say ‘Small Wins’ in the Cloud Could Boost Adoption

Federal information technology officials said that agencies should promote small progress in their cloud initiatives to encourage larger adoption of the technology, Nextgov reported Thursday.  During the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Washington, panelists highlighted that confidence and trust would play a significant role in how agency leaders utilize the cloud. 

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