Federal Information Security Modernization Act

  • State Dept. workforce is now more diverse, but its leadership is not

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that while diversity has increased among workers at the State Department overall, that has not been the case for upper level managers.

  • GSA, Education, USAID receive ‘As’ on FITARA scorecard

    The House Oversight and Reform Committee released the ninth version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard with 20 of 24 agencies improving or maintaining their scores.

  • FISMA report tells how tools, capabilities, data protecting against cyber attacks

    In the annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress, which the administration made public on Aug. 16, OMB says the number of cyber incidents dropped by 12% as compared to 2017.

  • House Rep. trying again to help federal retirees who saw cuts to Social Security

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a bill in the House would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision which currently cuts Social Security benefits for federal retirees who worked in a private sector job and also receive a government pension.

  • Senators hope to secure back pay for contractors affected by government shutdown

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a group of nearly 40 senators are urging the appropriations committee to include back pay for federal contractors impacted by the last government shutdown, in an upcoming disaster relief package.

  • Federal unions’ OPM lawsuits heading back to court

    In today’s Federal Newscast, federal employee unions are heading back to court to pursue their cases against the Office of Personnel Management over the agency’s cyber breaches. 

  • ‘Major’ cyber breach of 44,000 FDIC customers triggered by former employee’s mistake

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, says a former FDIC employee breached the information of 44,000 FDIC customers more than a month ago.

  • Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

    The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven’t gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act — the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.