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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 tossed a wrench – although likely only a temporary one – into the nomination process of Colleen Shogan to become the new National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archivist.

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DHS Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) component has awarded three Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) totaling $341.5 million to Four Points Technology for cloud-related work.

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The Government Accountability Office said in a new report that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component needs to do a better job at informing the public when it uses facial recognition technology (FRT).

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Federal agencies are increasingly sharing information with one another with both connected and disconnected applications, while trying to be more security conscious and reevaluating approaches to building software and other tech important for securing the homeland, officials said on July 20.

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) “Shields Up” cybersecurity campaign launched in February to warn critical infrastructure operators and other U.S.-based organizations of cybersecurity threats spilling over from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is proving its worth over the first four months of operation.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) launched a contract opportunity looking to develop an automated software for billing that looks to give more visibility into supply chains.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is pressing the departments of Treasury and Homeland Security (DHS) to assess whether a further Federal response is needed to address the government’s existing terrorism risk insurance program, which may not cover losses from cyber and other attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on June 6 unveiled its latest cybersecurity public service campaign – aimed at trying to boost adoption of multifactor authentication (MFA) – coinciding with the opening of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, where agency leadership including Director Jen Easterly will be speaking this week.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said today it is “encouraged” by quick Federal agency responses to its May 18 emergency directive to patch or unplug several vulnerable VMware products from agency networks, but did not provide any hard figures on whether agencies met CISA’s May 24 deadline to take action.

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an emergency directive to Federal government civilian branch agencies running several VMware products to apply updates to those, or remove them from agency networks until updates can be made.

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The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program – for several years a bedrock asset in the government’s bid to improve Federal agency cybersecurity – is having a decisive impact in furthering agency work on requirements of the Biden administration’s year-old Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO), new research findings from MeriTalk shows. Long before the 2021 Cyber […]

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social media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

Prior to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, several Federal agencies were found to have used “open source” data for obtaining information about the impending incident, with details emerging as early as November 2020. 

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Yemi Oshinnaiye speaking during his panel on DCOI

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed Yemi Oshinnaiye to serve as its next chief information officer (CIO), an agency spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Amentum a five-year contract worth up to $260 million to produce and deploy prototypes that target emerging and uncrewed air, land, maritime, space, and cyber threats for the agency.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to replace its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) with a modern platform to better share information with Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international, and private sector decision-makers and first responders.

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FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Lytwaive Hutchinson will be stepping down from her position, a FEMA spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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supply chain

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is partnering with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to promote a call to action for organizations to focus on protecting information and communications technology (ICT) supply chains, under the banner “Fortify the Chain.”

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Bipartisan members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI), which is the U.S. Secret Service’s Federally-funded training hub for digital evidence and cybercrime investigations.

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Federal agencies are showing urgency and pushing hard to meet challenging zero trust security implementation deadlines following rollout of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) zero trust strategy in January, government and industry experts agreed during a March 15 webinar hosted by MeriTalk and Merlin Cyber.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded a seven-year, $199 million contract to Accenture Federal Services to support the agency’s Information Technology, Technology Solutions Division (IT TSD).

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