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Dept of State Eyes Cybersecurity Diplomacy Bureau

The Department of State plans to build a bureau to lead cybersecurity-related diplomatic efforts and work to prevent cyber conflict, Cyberscoop reported Wednesday. The department proposes the creation of the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies. The proposed bureau's establishment would require 80 staff and a $20.8 million budget, the report noted.

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Jill Singer, VP of National Security for AT&T’s Global Public Sector Solutions Unit, Receives Executive Mosaic’s Chairman’s Award

Jim Garrettson, chief executive officer of Executive Mosaic, presented Jill Singer, vice president of national security for AT&T’s Global Public Sector Solutions Unit and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, with the Chairman’s Award for completing her third year as chairman of the Intelligence Leadership Group for Executive Mosaic’s 4x24 program.

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Federal Procurement Vet Sandra Hamilton Takes HHS Division Director Role

Sandra Hamilton, chief of contracts and acquisitions branch at the State Department, was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ information technology policy, strategy and planning division, G2Xchange ETC reported Friday. She has more than two decades of federal civilian service in the IT capital and strategic planning, contracting and procurement, budget planning and portfolio management areas.

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Stuart McGuigan Named Permanent State Department CIO

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer of Johnson & Johnson, has been appointed as CIO of the State Department and head of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. McGuigan will replace acting CIO Karen Mummaw, who will retire in April after 31 years of service at State.

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Dan Sullivan Present Bill for International Electoral Information Sharing

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., reintroduced a bill to open the country's election practice information to foreign allies. The Global Electoral Exchange Act would direct the Department of State to exchange election administration information with allies, Klobuchar's office said Tuesday.

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House Passes Bill Identifying State Department Cyber Weaknesses; Rep. Ted Lieu Quoted

The House of Representatives passed a bill to hire ethical hackers to detect cyber vulnerabilities within the Department of State's network. The Hack Your State Department Act would authorize professional hackers to report on the DOS network's weaknesses under a bug bounty program, the office of Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Tuesday

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GAO Lists 26 Biggest National Threats Based on Federal Polls

The Government Accountability Office identified the 26 biggest threats to the country based on input from the Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Interest reported Thursday. Among these threats are China, Russia, Iran, artificial intelligence, drones and the internet of things.

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NASA, Partners Detail How Human Spaceflight in LEO Can Boost Economy, Exploration

An interagency effort led by NASA submitted a report to the National Space Council detailing the opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit and how it could help boost economy and space exploration. The agency said Saturday, it issued the report in partnership with the departments of State and Commerce. In February, The National Space Council called on NASA to work with other federal agencies to create a national strategy for human spaceflight in LEO. 

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