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Shutdown Furloughs Put Sequester Furlough Appeals on Pause

The partial government shutdown has delayed the processing of appeals filed by employees who were furloughed in the spring and summer due to sequestration, GovExec reported Wednesday. Kellie Lunney writes the Merit Systems Protection Board was forced to cease operations and furlough most of its workers during the shutdown. MSPB …

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DARPA Holds $2M Cyber Challenge for Automatic Network Defense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring a cyber contest where contestants develop automatic network defense systems, C4ISR & Networks reports. Michael Peck writes that contestants of DARPA’s first grand challenge will devise automatic systems to test for vulnerabilities, evaluate software, create security patches and apply those patches to networks in a …

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Andrew McCabe Appointed FBI Natl Security Branch Lead

Andrew McCabe, a 17-year FBI veteran and formerly assistant director of the counterterrorism division, has been promoted to executive assistant director of the bureau’s national security branch. McCabe was certified by the national intelligence director as a senior intelligence officer in 2010 and received the FBI Director’s Award in 2009 for his …

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Report: US, NATO Confident in Afghan Security Accord

The U.S. and NATO are optimistic that Afghan leaders will approve a deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Reuters reported Tuesday. Phil Stewart writes Afghanistan’s tribal elders assembly, Loya Jirga, is scheduled to meet next month to discuss the new bilateral security agreement. “Im confident we will …

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NIST Issues Draft Cyber Framework for Service Providers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft cybersecurity framework intended to act as guidance for service providers to manage cybersecurity risks, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes the framework calls on companies to report their cybersecurity posture, describe cybersecurity goals, establish priorities to enhance …

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Jeffrey Zients to Lead Healthcare.gov Tech Panel

The White House has enlisted computer experts from public and private sector organizations to help address technical issues on the federally-run health insurance exchange site Healthcare.gov, USA Today reported Wednesday. Kelly Kennedy writes Jeffrey Zients, formerly acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, will lead the technical support …

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