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GAO: FAA Must Update Approach to Avionics Cybersecurity Oversight

Avionics Cybersecurity

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to strengthen its oversight of cybersecurity in aircraft and avionics systems. GAO said that although “extensive cybersecurity controls” are in place, the FAA needs to consider the emerging threat landscape and increasing connections between airplanes and various systems.

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GAO: 24 Agencies Offer Public Access to Federal Data Inventories

Federal Data Strategy

Twenty-four federal organizations covered by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act post data on public facing websites and in an online federal repository to comply with transparency requirements under the OPEN Government Data Act, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says. GAO reported those agencies also released datasets about the COVID-19 pandemic

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GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

5G Strategy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy. GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council. 

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GAO: Agency Efforts Vary in Preventing IT Contract Duplication

IT Modernization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that federal agencies “varied in their efforts” to execute category management procedures to prevent duplication in information technology contracts. Agencies reported a significant amount of savings resulting from category management practices, while others cited challenges such as ongoing efforts to establish strategies for integrating such activities into agency operations.

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GAO Issues Report on Best Practices, Challenges in Agile Software Dev’t

GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the federal government should consider implementing Agile software development practices to encourage early customer input and other organizational benefits. GAO said in the report published Tuesday that its Agile Assessment Guide outlines best practices for the software development concept including dynamic, team-based operations and requirements prioritization.

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GAO: State Dept. Needs Greater Agency Involvement in Planning Cybersecurity, Emerging Tech Bureau

Emotet Malware

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending for the Department of State to involve more agencies in the development of a new bureau focused on emerging technologies and cybersecurity. The State Department informed Congress of its intent to create the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to better address foreign threats to the critical infrastructure and trade operations.

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GAO: Congress Should Define Central Leadership Role to Oversee Cyber Strategy Implementation

DHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on Congress to consider drafting a bill to designate a leader in the White House to oversee the government’s cybersecurity efforts including the implementation of the National Cyber Strategy. GAO identified 23 federal agencies responsible for cybersecurity improvement efforts and found that some agencies have developed initiatives.

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GAO: VA Should Address Cybersecurity, IT Modernization Challenges

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implement security controls, manage information technology supply chain risks and establish elements of its cybersecurity risk management program as it pursues IT modernization efforts. VA has made strides when it comes to achieving data center consolidation goals and improving software licensing. 

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