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Excepted IT personnel list needs updating

Hackers might be able to take advantage of a possible government shutdown.

The federal government’s list of so called ’emergency’ or ‘excepted’ IT personnel hasn’t been updated in 15 years.

Fast Company reports that if there’s a shutdown – the federal government’s computer systems will be run by a short list of critical-need workers.

Former Interior Department Chief Information Officer Hord Tipton tells NextGov that back in 1995, they had the list decided. But if it hasn’t been updated since then, there will be a mad scramble.

3-day work week for DC area feds due to inauguration.

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