Brad Carson has been nominated as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, the White House announced Tuesday. Carson is already the department’s point man in identifying a broad series of personnel reforms.
Steph Warren, VA’s chief information officer, is cautiously optimistic about the trajectory of cyber attacks against his agency. After hitting a peak of one billion attempted malware intrusions in the month of March, the figure fell to half that in May. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, VA is crediting better perimeter defenses and tighter controls on employees’ access to suspicious websites.
In this week’s “Inside the DoD Reporter’s Notebook,” the Pentagon’s newest cyber organization, Joint Force Headquarters-DoD Information Networks (JFHQ-DoDIN) is poised to take a key step in its maturation over the next several week.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday that he’s appointed Eric Fanning to be the Army’s number-two civilian, at least in an acting capacity.
The law enforcement response to what turned out to have been a false alarm at the Washington Navy Yard last week was quite different than the actual active shooter situation in 2013.
The Association of Defense Communities recently surveyed its membership, asking whether they’d prefer another BRAC round to the current hand-wringing about when or if the military will realign its stateside infrastructure. 91 percent said they’d prefer another BRAC, while 8.6 percent prefer the status quo.
The Pentagon’s newest cyber organization is poised to take a key step in its maturation over the next several weeks as it branches out from Fort Meade and into three new branch offices designed to help defend DoD systems in various geographic areas.
Statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs show a significant decline in malware making its way into the department’s networks over the past two months. VA officials credit the government’s approach to “collective” cybersecurity.
The Office of Management and Budget wants grant-making agencies to have access to all the past performance data on grantees as part of their broader effort to improve the grant-making process. Agencies award more money in grants than on contracts.
The federal government awarded 24.99 percent of its prime contract dollars to small firms during fiscal 2014, the largest percentage on record. But Congressional overseers called the administration’s statistics misleading since they do not account for tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.
The Director of National Intelligence is the first administration official to publicly attribute the OPM breach to China, and says intelligence agencies would have engaged in similar operations if given the opportunity.