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NIST Drafts Cyber Infrastructure Defense Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft outline of the cybersecurity framework for securing critical infrastructure systems, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Nicole Blake Johnson that the draft outline includes best practices and voluntary standards for private companies that handle the grid, chemical plants, and similar systems. …

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Survey: Records Mgmt Costs Exceed Agency Budgets

A survey by Iron Mountain appears to indicate that federal agencies have been spending funds on information management beyond their allocated budgets. Iron Mountain polled federal records managers and finance professionals in 2012 for the “Federal Records Management: Navigating the Storm” online survey intended to examine their practices, budgets and savings …

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Contractor Roles Restricted Under DoD Furloughs, Official Says

The Defense Department’s assistant secretary for readiness and force management has reminded defense managers to avoid using contractor and military personnel to fill in spots held by furloughed civilians, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes furloughs are slated to start July 8 and quotes Frederick Vollrath as saying any attempt …

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Martin Dempsey: Pentagon Plans $23B for Cyber Programs

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday the Pentagon will invest $23 billion in cybersecurity programs and recruit 4,000 new staff for U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Systems reported Sunday. George Leopold writes Army Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke about the government’s plans to strengthen defense of military networks …

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GAO Notes Incomplete Agency Reports on Telework Initiatives

The Government Accountability Office says government agencies are struggling to track and measure progress in implementing telework goals required under the law, Fedscoop reported Monday. Colby Hochmuth writes that a recent GAO report shows the Office of Personnel Management partially addressed two of seven reporting requirements of the Telework Enhancement …

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