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Arizona Policy Advisor Joseph Cuffari Nominated for DHS Inspector General Post

President Trump is nominating Joseph Cuffari, military and veterans affairs policy advisor to the governor of Arizona, to become inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security. The former airman held a number of active duty and leadership roles with the U.S. Air Force, a tenure totaling over 40 years, the White House said Thursday.

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ODNI, FBI, DHS and DOJ Express Concern Over Threats to US Elections

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently issued a joint statement expressing concern over the threat posed by foreign actors attempting to influence U.S. elections. The four intelligence community members specifically identified China, Iran and Russia as being involved in campaigns that seek to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

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Four Senators Approach 13 Agencies to Address Year-End Binge Spending

Four senators have asked the chief financial officers of 13 agencies to address their “use it or lose it” spending at the end of the fiscal year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said Wednesday Sen. Ron Johnson, Claire McCaskill, Rand Paul and Gary Peters expressed concerns that agencies may possibly spend more money at the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to previous years.

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Two Bipartisan Bills Aim to Bolster US Election Security, Address Cybercrime

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced a pair of cybersecurity bills in a move to increase the government’s ability to thwart cyber threats from hostile nations and secure U.S. election systems. Graham’s office said Tuesday the International Cybercrime Prevention Act that would equip federal prosecutors …

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FAA, Partners Conduct UAS Detection Tests at JFK Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has collaborated with several other agencies and academic and commercial organizations to test an unmanned aircraft system detection technology at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. FAA said Tuesday it aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an FBI-provided “rogue” UAS detector system in some of the busiest commercial airports in …

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Federal Courts to Hear Cases Despite Shutdown

U.S. federal courthouses will operate despite the government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday but hearings and decisions on non-critical civil matters could be postponed, Reuters reported Monday. Joseph Ax writes the Justice Department has set a furlough schedule but layoffs will kick in only after funds from legal filling …

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Report: Agencies Use Cloud Tech to Reduce FOIA Backlog

Federal agencies have been using cloud-computing technologies to help process Freedom of Information Act requests, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller said migration-as-a-solution is growing in popularity as most departments want a virtual environment that can systematically load, find and process documents such as automatic redaction. At the Federal …

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Longest-serving Federal CIO to Step Down

The chief information officer of the Justice Department, Vance Hitch, the longest-serving cabinet-level federal CIO, is retiring, Federal News Radio reports. Hitch, who was appointed to his CIO post in 2002, will step down at the end of July. “It has been an honor and privilege to work with the …

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White House Unveils Internet Privacy Subcommittee

The White House’s top science office announced the launch of a subcommittee tasked with privacy and Internet policy, according to a Department of Justice blog posting. In the post for the National Science and Technology Council, general counsel at the Department of Justice Cameron Kerry and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney …

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