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Gene Dodaro: GAO Considers Cybersecurity a Top Priority for FY 2020

Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, said during a Senate subcommittee hearing that one of GAO’s priorities in fiscal year 2020 is cybersecurity, Federal News Network reported Friday. He said GAO expanded its cyber workforce from 140 to 175 employees this year and needs more resources to meet lawmaker requests around cybersecurity.

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FBI’s Christopher Wray Talks Data Analysis, Cyber Training at Budget Hearing

FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the House Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice, science and related agencies subpanel to discuss the bureau’s budget request, FCW reported Thursday. According to budget documents, the bureau seeks $70.5 million in additional funds to build up cyber tools and data-sharing abilities as well as hire 33 additional employees.

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Dana Deasy Talks DoD’s Cloud, Cyber, AI Strategies at House Hearing

Dana Deasy, chief information officer for the Department of Defense, testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subpanel on the Pentagon’s ongoing digital modernization efforts, the DoD website reported Tuesday.“DOD will remain a multicloud environment, with both general-purpose and fit-for-purpose clouds as part of our long-term strategy,” Deasy said on Tuesday. 

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House Lawmakers Boosting AI, Cyber Workforce in Gov’t, Industry in 2019

House lawmakers announced plans to improve the use of artificial intelligence and increase the government’s cyber workforce through new bills in 2019 that would provide funding and set standards in the public and private sectors, Federal News Network reported Monday. Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., said they want to increase coordination between the government and industry to explore and expand investments in AI technologies. 

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Aims to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Network in an interview published Tuesday that DHS prioritizes efforts to build up its cyber workforce through education. Manfra, assistant secretary for the national protection and programs directorate at DHS’ office of cybersecurity and communications, said her office will assess this month whether personnel need to undergo the Federal Virtual Training Environment and other courses.

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Task Force Report Describes DOJ’s Efforts to Address Cyber Threats Posed by Foreign Influence Operations

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced the release of a report that provides an assessment of cybersecurity threats facing the country and describes how the Justice Department detects and responds to those threats. The department said Thursday the report was produced by the cyber-digital task force that Sessions established in …

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Margaret Weichert: White House to Prioritize Cyber, Security Clearance Reforms in Gov’t Reorganization

Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said at a Senate panel hearing Wednesday the Trump administration will start its government reorganization effort with transferring authority of security clearances and standardizing cyber jobs, Nextgov reported Wednesday. She told Senate Homeland Security Committee members the White …

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DOE Details Gaps in Capability to Mitigate Effects of Cyber Attacks on US Electric Grid

The Energy Department has released a report that assesses the risk of cyber threats to the U.S. power grid. DOE said Wednesday the report “Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities” was prepared in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order that aims to build up the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and …

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