The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) was breached by Russia-backed actors through the use of SolarWinds software, with “highly sensitive” documents – including sealed filings – put at risk, the organization said.
Here’s an overview of some of the latest developments on the government and tech fronts due to COVID-19:
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of five Federal employees who seek to earn hazardous pay bumps of 25 percent due to exposure to the coronavirus while on the job.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week reversed a lower court’s ruling last year that struck down key sections of three executive orders (EO) President Trump signed related to Federal workforce protections in August 2018.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently launched the Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge 2, which encourages solvers to develop innovative methods for utilizing crowdsourced information to create global issue forecasts.
The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has declined to hear a case regarding the legality of Obama-era Net Neutrality rules–putting an end to a lengthy legal battle by declining to hear USTelecom’s appeal. The telecommunication industry group originally sued the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) under the belief that the FCC lacked the authority to impose public-utility, common-carrier obligations on broadband internet access service. Under the Obama-era rules, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were barred from blocking or throttling web content or creating the so-called internet “fast lanes.”