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DHS: Over 700,000 Travelers Overstay U.S. Visas

Over 700,000 legal foreign travelers to the United States overstayed their visas and remained in the country during 2016, according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security. “This report shows that we have a problem with visa overstays in the United States,” a senior administration official said in …

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Fed Agencies Miss $3.3 Billion on Data Storage Savings Goal

Through fiscal year 2018, Federal agencies have $3.3 billion in savings yet to accrue from promised consolidations and data center closures and consolidations pledged in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act. Agencies were required to find $4 billion in savings from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal 2018 as …

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U.S. CIO Margie Graves: Thanks to 2015 Cyber Security Sprint, Feds Avoid Wannacry Virus

Acting U.S. CIO Margie Graves said that thanks to the 2015 federal cybersecurity sprint, federal agencies were able to avoid the devastating WannaCry ransomware virus that infected more than 200,000 people and organizations in over 150 countries. When asked at the Public Sector Innovation Summit how security protocols implemented in …

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FCC Votes to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to roll back restrictions on internet providers, commonly referred to as “net neutrality” rules. These regulations were put in place under the Open Internet Order of 2015 during Obama’s presidency. By a 2-1 vote led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency proposed to end …

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Senate Staffers Receive Approval to Use Signal Encryption App

The encrypted chat app Signal has been a popular choice with Federal and White House employees that work with sensitive data — and they now have official sign-off to use the app. Although Senate staffers began using Signal for official business in March, Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin …

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CBO Estimates House Bill to Modernize Gov Tech Will Cost $500 Million Over 5 Years

The Congressional Budget Office issued a revised cost estimate of $500 million over a five-year period for the for the re-introduced Modernizing Government Technology Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. The revised estimate is a mere fraction of the cost when the bill was first introduced last year. The bill passed …

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Synopsys VP Kuehlmann: WannaCry is ‘A Wake-up Call for the World’

Over 200,000 devices in at least 150 countries had been infected with WannaCry by Sunday, a piece of ransomware that holds your computer hostage until you pay hackers $300 in bitcoin. WannaCry is the largest cyberextortion scheme ever, reports CNet, and experts are warning that many governments are susceptible due to outdated technology. …

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Clapper: U.S. Government ‘Under Assault’ Due to Comey’s Firing

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that the U.S. government is “under assault” after President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey. “I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election …

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Veritas Capital Acquires PAS Technologies from Houlihan Lokey

PAS Technologies, a portfolio company of KRG Capital Partners, has been acquired by StandardAero, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital from Houlihan Lokey. The transaction closed on May 5, 2017. PAS provides OEM and aftermarket aerospace engine components that are able to endure high-wear, high-heat, and corrosive environments. The company offers a comprehensive set …

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UL LLC Receives DARPA Grant for IoT/Cybersecurity Risk Testing

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a grant to UL to help mitigate security risks for cybersecurity testing of the Internet of Things (IoT) and design gateways for industrial control system (ICS) applications. The DARPA grant will enable UL to identify the main areas of an industrial IoT gateway that relates to …

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