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Rear Adm. Douglas Fears Named Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Douglas Fears, formerly senior director for resilience policy at the National Security Council, has been named homeland security and counterterrorism adviser and deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. “Fears brings more than three decades of experience across a range of vital homeland security areas including counterterrorism, …

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OPM Mulls Direct Hire Authority for STEM, Cyber Posts

The Office of Personnel Management is considering the issuance of direct hire authority in efforts to fill government positions related to science, technology, engineering, math and cybersecurity. OPM said in a memo published Wednesday it will distribute a survey to chief human capital officers in the coming weeks as part of …

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Air Force Cyber Mission Teams Achieve Operational Status

The U.S. Air Force’s Cyber Mission Force teams reached full operational status Friday ahead of the U.S. Cyber Command deadline, slated for Sept. 30. CYBERCOM declared the status for the 39 teams after reviewing Air Forces Cyber’s assessment of personnel performance, the service branch said Thursday. The assessment involved the …

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DHS and DOT Collaborate to Develop Guidelines on Federal Fleet Telematics Security

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has collaborated with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the Transportation Department to provide an introductory text on cybersecurity for vehicle telematics for federal fleet managers. DHS said Tuesday the Telematics Cybersecurity Primer for Agencies will support the security of …

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Paul Lawrence Named VA Undersecretary for Benefits

Paul Lawrence, former public sector vice president of Kaiser Associates, has been appointed to serve as the Department of Veterans Affairs‘ undersecretary for benefits, effective today. He holds decades of accounting experience, having held leadership roles at several companies, including Ernst & Young, Accenture, MITRE, PwC and IBM, VA said Monday. Lawrence also …

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GSA Signs 15-Year Lease for CBP’s Consolidated IT Office in Virginia

The Customs and Border Protection‘s Office of Information of Technology will move to consolidate its 11 separate locations into one facility through a 15-year lease agreement signed by the General Services Administration. CBP OIT will occupy a 444,595-rentable-square-foot office space at 22001 Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, Va., GSA said Thursday. The facility …

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