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One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Tags: technology , Veterans Affairs , cybersecurity , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Mike Coffman , Jackie Walorski , eBenefits portal , Mandiant , Deloitte , Jason Miller

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DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , cybersecurity , Secret Service , unity of effort , Congress , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , Professional Services Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

If federal agencies aren't already serious about cybersecurity, the Sony saga ought to set everyone straight. The Defense Information Systems Agency has been a leader in cybersecurity for a while now. Its service catalog has a long list of cyber services available tor DoD agencies. Now DISA is launching a new cybersecurity methodology called the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRSS). Dave Bennett is DISA's chief information officer. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told executive editor Jason Miller about the new approach.

Tags: Jason Miller , cybersecurity , DISA , CMRSS , DoD

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:27am EST
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VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Tags: Steph Warren , Ask the CIO , technology , Veterans Affairs , cybersecurity , DHS , Einstein 3A , CenturyLink , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A higher level of accountability, zero-based budgeting and more, better trained people are among the recommendations from an expert panel to improve the Secret Service. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson releases the panel's suggestions Thursday after a two-month study. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose details on the report and other areas Johnson is focusing on.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:59pm EST
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DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

Tags: technology , DoD , DISA , Terry Halvorsen , cloud computing , cybersecurity , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Tags: technology , DISA , DoD , Dave Bennett , cybersecurity , AFCEA Bethesda , continuous monitoring , JIE , JRSS , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency is just getting started with a new cybersecurity methodology called the continuous monitoring risk scoring system or CMRSS. Dave Bennett is DISA's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about the CMRSS approach.

Tags: Jason Miller , Francis Rose , In Depth , DISA , Dave Bennett , CIO

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:03pm EST
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House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , GAO , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , reverse auctions , industry , Sam Graves , Jeff Miller , Joe Jordan , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Get rid of data centers and start using cloud computing. It seemed like a simple directive from the White House. But nothing in the federal government is that easy. Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards into cloud contracts has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is jumping in to clarify the best ways for agencies to use the Federal Risk Authorization and Management (Fed-RAMP) standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the expected changes to Fed-RAMP in 2015.

Tags: Jason Miller , OFPP , FedRAMP , cloud computing , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:32am EST
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