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GAO Identifies New Priorities for GSA

The Government Accountability Office released new recommendations on security and property measures that the General Services Administration must prioritize. GAO said Thursday that GSA must augment efforts to consolidate Department of Homeland Security headquarters, reduce lease costs, budget maintenance and operations costs of new buildings and boost federal infrastructure cybersecurity.

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DoD, Raytheon Vet Brian Teeple Named DHS CTO

Brian Teeple, a Department of Defense veteran and former Raytheon executive, has been named chief technology officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Most recently, Teeple served as acting deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure capabilities under the DoD CIO. 

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John Sanders Named CBP Acting Commissioner

John Sanders, a more than 30-year national security veteran and chief operating officer of Customs and Border Protection, has been named acting commissioner of the CBP. "Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency," Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement released Monday

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DHS Looks at Simple IT Infrastructure to Improve Operations

The Department of Homeland Security is simplifying its information technology architecture to improve end-user experience and coordination among components, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Stephen Rice, deputy chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said DHS wants to harmonize IT tools and experiences for DHS employees to help components better connect, share resources and collaborate.

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DHS, FBI Issue Malware Report on North Korean Cyber Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security in partnership with FBI identified the malware potentially used by the North Korean government to hack into federal and industry targets. The agencies released the Malware Analysis Report on Wednesday providing information on the malware variant, called HOPLIGHT, which is linked to the Pyongyang-tied cyber attack HIDDEN COBRA. “DHS and FBI are distributing this MAR to enable network defense and reduce exposure to North Korean government malicious cyber activity,” the report states. 

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Senators, Representatives Introduce Cybersecurity Grant Program Legislation

Senators Mark Warner and Cory Gardner and Representatives Derek Kilmer and Michael McCaul unveiled a bicameral and bipartisan bill pushing local, state and tribal governments to boost cybersecurity and threat defenses. The State Cyber Resiliency Act allows the Department of Homeland Security to create a grant program to modify, apply and develop measures against cyber threats, the office of Sen. Mark Warner said Monday.

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