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David Chow: Housing and Urban Development Dept Eyes Cybersecurity for Sixth Center of Excellence

David Chow, chief information officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Nextgov in an interview published Wednesday that HUD is in discussions with the General Services Administration to establish a new center of excellence focused cybersecurity. “There have been talks—preliminary conversations—about looking into some sort of a cybersecurity assessment,” Chow told the publication.

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OMB Seeks Public Comments on Draft ‘Cloud Smart’ Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new draft strategy that seeks to help federal agencies facilitate the adoption of cloud platforms in support of their mission requirements. A White House release published Monday says the Cloud Smart strategy marks the first update of the previous cloud policy, Cloud First, introduced in 2010.
 

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Report: DHS to Set DevSecOps Requirements Before Managing Policies for Cloud Migration Operations

Department of Homeland Security official Kshemendra Paul has said the department will focus on setting requirements for end-to-end automation across the development, security and operations workflow for cloud migration operations, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Counter-Drone Provision

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.

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Soraya Correa: DHS Aims to Streamline Procurement Process Through Innovation Lab Boot Camp

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Tuesday how DHS' procurement innovation lab helps personnel and other agencies streamline the acquisition process through the boot camp. “People walk out of the course not only understanding what our innovative techniques are, but encouraged and motivated to go out and innovative and be innovative in the constructs of the Federal Acquisition Regulations,” Correa said of PIL’s boot camp.

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Kirstjen Nielsen Confirms New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the addition of eight members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Nielsen said in a statement published Tuesday the new HASC members will guide the council in meeting its mission of addressing emerging threats to homeland security.

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House Votes to Authorize DHS Office to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction

House lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that authorizes an office within the Department of Homeland Security to leverage necessary tools to counter biological and chemical threats from evolving weapons of mass destruction.

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 would assign the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to handle operations to protect the U.S. from WMD threats, the department said Wednesday.

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Deter Foreign Election Interference

President Donald Trump has released an executive order that aims to protect U.S. elections from potential foreign interference. A White House fact sheet published Wednesday says the executive order would authorize sanctions and other measures against foreign individuals found to have engaged in election interference.

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Equifax Acknowledges IT Shortcomings in GAO Audit Report on 2017 Data Breach

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has acknowledged that its failure to identify and patch a critical software vulnerability, and correctly configure a crucial security system led, in part, to the massive 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Equifax customers, the Government Accountability Office said in a recently-published audit report.

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