The Postal Service ramps up its online security measures after scammers stole paychecks from its employees. According to the USPS, cybercriminals are targeting USPS employees by creating a fake girlfriend website that closely resembles Lite-Blue, the USPS’s online employee portal. The Postal Union warns union members that scammers are using these spoofed her websites to obtain login credentials for USPS employees and transfer direct deposit salaries to their bank accounts. doing. USPS Adds Multi-Factor Authentication to Lite-Blue,…
- The Postal Service ramps up its online security measures after scammers stole paychecks from its employees. According to the USPS, cybercriminals are targeting USPS employees by creating a fake girlfriend website that closely resembles Lite-Blue, the USPS’s online employee portal. The Postal Union warns union members that scammers are using these spoofed her websites to obtain login credentials for USPS employees and transfer direct deposit salaries to their bank accounts. doing. The USPS said it would add multi-factor authentication to Lite-Blue and provide the affected employee with a one-year credit watch on her. USPS tightens online security after scammers steal employee paychecks – Federal News Network)
- The Department of Veterans Affairs is just weeks away from taking the next step in modernizing its supply chain systems. Just over a month after unplugging from its troubled Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support System (DMLSS) implementation, VA was ready to consider commercial technology. VA’s chief acquisition officer, Mike Parish, said the company is trying not to over-engineer the system-of-systems approach it currently employs. “We get a lot of feedback, so no big government will dictate what the solution will be. It will probably take weeks, not months,” Parrish said.
- The General Services Administration has issued new travel restrictions for temporary federal employees. The GSA said it is clarifying a concept called ‘constructive costs’. This encourages leaders to choose transportation methods that are most beneficial to governments when considering costs and other factors. Other factors range from energy savings to total costs to the government such as per diem, overtime, lost working hours and actual transportation costs. In addition, agents should consider total distance traveled, number of points visited and number of travelers. The GSA issued the proposed rule in May, but there were no comments and no substantive changes to the final rule.
- Republican heads of the House Oversight Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee are asking how several pieces of AI policy will fit together. Rep. James Comer (R, Kentucky) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R, Oklahoma) told the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) that the blueprint for the recently announced AI Rights Bill is: I’m asking if it overlaps or conflicts with another upcoming one. policy. The National Institute of Standards and Technology will release a congressional-mandated AI framework later this month. Lawmakers are asking OSTP if it consulted NIST and other agencies in working on an AI bill of rights.
- The National Archives and Records Administration aims this year to help agencies adopt fully electronic records management. NARA is expected to finalize long-awaited rules for digitizing permanent records this year. The Archives published its first draft rules in December 2020. NARA previously advised agencies not to destroy permanent records they digitized before the release of the final rule. The institution is committed to digitizing all permanent records by June 2024. (Federal Records Director says ‘paper culture’ remains at agency — Federal News Network)
- The Government Accountability Office is once again sounding the alarm on federal cybersecurity efforts. The GAO says that of the 335 recommendations it has produced since 2010, over 60% remain open. For example, the GAO said the administration needed to finalize a national cybersecurity strategy that was under development late last year. It also lists supply chain risk management, cybersecurity workforce training, creating metrics to assess the security of critical infrastructure his devices, and improving quantum computing capabilities as high priorities.
- The Department of Justice is seeking a top-level expert on government freedom of information law. DOJ’s Office of Information Policy is accepting nominations for the 2023 Sunshine Week FOIA Awards until February 15. Categories include Outstanding Service by FOIA Professionals, Outstanding Contribution by New Hires, and Lifetime Service Awards. Winners will be recognized at DOJ’s Sunshine Week event on March 13th. Nominations can be submitted by agents or members of the public.
- The Office of Human Resources is hiring a Chief Learning Officer. OPM said in his USA Jobs post that it is looking for someone to develop the training program and serve as the agency’s subject matter expert in training and development. At OPM, he will also oversee the e-learning program and learning management system. This GS-15 job of his will be based in Washington, DC and will close on January 27th.