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GAO: Post-Implementation Reviews of DHS’ Major Acquisition Programs Key to Portfolio Mgmt

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Department of Homeland Security to improve its portfolio management efforts through post-implementation assessments of major acquisition programs upon the deployment of initial capabilities. GAO made the recommendation after it found that DHS does not leverage data collected from reviews once those programs conclude the …

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DHS Supports Blockchain Projects, Standardization Efforts; Douglas Maughan Comments

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has partnered with other DHS components and startup companies to develop blockchain-based technology platforms, GCN reported Tuesday. S&T also supports the World Wide Web Consortium in efforts to standardize the Verifiable Claims Data Model and Decentralized Identifiers. “Government must be informed and ensure blockchain technology …

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DHS Helps Navy, Coast Guard Evaluate Nat’l Security Cutters

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has collaborated with the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard in the assessment of two National Security Cutters since December. DHS said Tuesday the directorate helped the Navy’s commander of operational test and evaluation forces to collect and document information needed to …

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Senate Passes Bill to Establish DHS Bug Bounty Program

The Senate has voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would establish a bug bounty pilot program to strengthen cyber defense at the Department of Homeland Security. Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) office said Wednesday the Hack DHS Act would offer payments for white-hat hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the department’s information …

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Report: Camilo Sandoval Appointed VA Acting CIO

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Camilo Sandoval, former Trump campaign director of data operations, to serve as VA’s chief information officer on an acting basis, Politico reported Wednesday. A VA spokesperson told Politico that Sandoval has been senior adviser to the department’s undersecretary for health since May of …

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Preston Werntz Appointed Chief Data Officer at DHS Cyber & Comms Office

The Department of Homeland Security has named Preston Werntz, former head of the technology services section at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, as chief data officer in DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Federal Times reported Saturday. At NCCIC, Werntz oversaw Automated Indicator Sharing program and led a working group that …

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DHS launches Cyber Storm VI; Jeanette Manfra comments

The Department of Homeland Security has launched the sixth Cyber Storm exercise, where over 1,000 players aim to assess and enhance procedures that need to be taken to resolve a cyber incident, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. DHS has started working with players from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, …

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