The restructuring of the government’s technology team caused the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security to look at how those changes are working – and will…
In the private sector, it’s not unusual for a vendor to have incentive clauses written into a contract, but in federal contracting, agencies sometimes employ the practice of ”rollovers”, extending additional opportunities to earn bonuses even to contractors who come up short on their contractual performance. And that is a matter of concern for one Senate oversight committee.
OMB has launched new tool to automate FISMA reporting. This data will help populate a new cybersecurity dashboard, federal CIO Vivek Kundra says. OMB also wants to collect more specific data around how much and where agencies are spending money on IT security.
New White House guidance calls for agencies to submit data feeds to OMB’s Cyberscope tool. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra hopes the information will give agencies a better idea of vulnerabilities and threats to computer networks. Agencies may have to shift money away from traditional reports to upgrade systems to meet new FISMA requirements.
Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Carper’s legislation creates two new offices to oversee federal cybersecurity in DHS and the White House. It also forms a new Federal Information Security Taskforce made up of agency chief information security officers. Bill does not include ”kill switch” provision for private sector networks.
With as many as 40 different cybersecurity bills in various stages of consideration on Capitol Hill, which one will make it to President Obama’s desk? The chairman of one powerful Senate committee is betting his cybersecurity measure will win approval in the Senate, and eventually earn the President’s signature before mid-summer.
Senator Tom Carper tells Federal News Radio there is a lot of room for improvement.
Senator Joseph Lieberman thinks his cybersecurity bill will be the one to cross the finish line to the President’s desk.
Legislation calls for agencies to adopt computer power savings techniques, implement advanced metering technology and create energy data standards.
Sometime in the next few weeks, the Senate is expected to take up a bill designed to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the legislation Thursday by voice vote.