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The Department of Homeland Security’s sharing of cybersecurity-related information with federal and nonfederal entities could be improved by assessing and optimizing a specific department component, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.
The DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is required by the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014 and the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to perform 11 cybersecurity-related functions, and it does so adequately, says GAO. However, it could enhance effectiveness and efficiency by establishing metrics and methods for evaluating performance in accordance with the NCCIC’s implementing principles.
Over the last year, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office has been at the core of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s push for greater innovation inside the Pentagon — so much so that Carter has the unit reporting directly to his office to bypass the typical department bureaucracy and ensure its success.
But with Carter not expected to continue in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, the question of what happens to DIUx — and its managing director, Raj Shah — is up in the air.
Two thousand and seventeen may be the year of Homeland Security, at least for contractors eyeing opportunities to provide support, software and IT services.
A new report from market intelligence firm Govini breaks down the DHS’s fiscal forecast during next year’s budget, outlining the agency’s budget priorities of either a Clinton or a Trump administration.
With any luck, the modernization of the federal government’s information technology will develop as quickly as the bill to authorize it did.
Less than 48 hours after Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., merged their competing legislation on how to fund IT modernization into a single compromise bill, it cleared a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.