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GOP Senators to Propose Research, Education-Focused Cyber Bill

Several Republican senators will introduce a cybersecurity bill Wednesday highlighting the use of research and education, The Hill newspaper reports. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.), Chuck Grassley (Neb.) Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Dan Coats (Ind.) will propose the Secure IT Act. The Secure IT …

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DHS: Mobile Development a Major Priority

The Department of Homeland Security said one of its top strategic plans for information technology development includes provisions to expand mobile solutions, AOL Government reported. Mobile applications and devices including tablets, smartphones and border processing systems are currently being studied by various government organizations for possible adoption. According to AOL, …

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White House Proposes $2B More for Federal R&D in FY 2013

The White House has proposed $140.8 billion for federal research and development in fiscal year 2013, according to its budget proposal. The proposal boosts federal R&D by $2 billion and the departments of Homeland Security and Energy National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Department would see the biggest increases. Cumulative …

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Napolitano Gives Public-Private Cyber Info Sharing Thumbs Up

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano voiced approval for a Senate cybersecurity bill at a House hearing Wednesday, NextGov reports. The Cybersecurity Act was introduced Tuesday and would give DHS the ability to handle private network breaches. The bill also calls for more information sharing between government and the private sector. The bill …

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DHS Requests $89M for St. Elizabeths HQ Move

The Department of Homeland Security‘s 2013 budget proposal includes a $33 million increase to continue work on the new St. Elizabeths headquarters project. The $33 million increase would bring the project’s funding to $89 million for 2013, according to the budget document. The agency said the 2013 funds would go …

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Proposed Cyber Bill Puts DHS in Charge of Assessing Infrastructure

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a cybersecurity bill Tuesday that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of assessing risks and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 also asks the government to improve the security of cyber networks through the Federal Information Security Management Act. Sens. …

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2013 Federal IT Budget Request Down Less than 1% From 2012

President Obama requested $78.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 funding for federal information technology, down 0.7 percent from fiscal 2012 funds, Computerworld reports. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a press conference the 2013 budget request represents the government’s effort to do more with less. VanRoekel said budget …

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GSA Issues FedRAMP Directions

The General Services Administration released its step-by-step instruction guide on following FedRAMP procedures Tuesday. The 47-page concept of operations outlines how agencies and contractors should proceed in certifying services so a service from one contractor could be used in multiple agencies. GSA says products including infrastructure-as-a-service tools will be the …

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