Poor computer password practices can lead to phishing attacks on the Home Office. Auditors cracked nearly 22% of passwords used by Interior Ministry employees. This includes 288 accounts with elevated privileges and 362 accounts used by government officials. According to reports from the Inspector General of the Interior, authorities consistently do not use multi-factor authentication. Interiors disputed how IG characterized some of the report’s findings and risks, but agreed…
- Poor computer password practices can lead to phishing attacks on the Home Office. Auditors cracked nearly 22% of passwords used by Interior Ministry employees. This includes 288 accounts with elevated privileges and 362 accounts used by government officials. According to reports from the Inspector General of the Interior, authorities consistently do not use multi-factor authentication. Internally, we disputed how the IG characterized some of the findings and risks in the report, but agreed with its recommendations to strengthen passwords and prioritize the adoption of multi-factor authentication. bottom.
- The National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is extending its CIO-SP3 contract through April 29th. NITAAC made the decision after continued protests delayed his follow-on contract, his CIO-SP4. NITAAC now believes he will be awarded the CIO-SP4 award by March 15th. Currently, he has three protests held before the Government Accountability Office. NITAAC extended its current contract two more times as its original performance period was due to expire last May.
- DoD unclassified procurements will rebound in 2022, with spending reaching $436 billion, a 6.7% year-over-year increase. The Bloomberg government tThe increase is due to inflation and funds spent on the COVID-19 response, the war in Ukraine, increased foreign demand for US weapons, and unpaid investments in military infrastructure. The Navy posted the highest growth in procurement spending in 2022, up 11% from his to $131 billion. Total unclassified procurement spending last year reached the second-highest annual total for the Department of Defense on record.
- General Services Administration has a plan to address contractor complaints about the rescheduling process. GSA is entering the second pillar of its three-pronged strategy to address the time it takes for vendors to change schedule contracts. Erv Koehler, deputy commissioner of the Federal Procurement Service’s General Supply Services Agency, said two other initiatives had set timelines for the change after they surged headcount and resources to address the backlog created by inflation. Said it would continue to be shortened. He said better data from the 4P platform and an upgraded catalog will make the process more efficient. GSA is also launching a pilot with vendors in the office his supply his schedule to test his market his basket approach to catalogs. (GSA surges resources to meet inflation-related schedule changes, now working on long-term improvements – Federal News Network)
- Federal employees who violate certain labor rules will soon have to pay even more penalties. The Office of Government Ethics has finalized, for example, increasing the amount of penalties for the federal government for falsifying public financial disclosure reports. Depending on the type of violation, the federal government punished can pay up to $71,000.
- Federal employees have just a few days left to donate to the Joint Federal Campaign. The Office of Human Resources is making a final push to encourage the federal government to donate her to CFC. This year’s annual federal giving campaign he started in September. 5,000 charities participate. In his CFC last year, federal employees cumulatively gave him $80 million. Since its creation in the 1960s, the program has raised a total of $8.65 billion in charitable contributions. The last day for donations for this year’s campaign is he January 14th.
- The Department of Human Resources is speeding up the launch of a government-wide market for HR IT solutions. OPM spent much of the last year reviewing its HR IT inventory and modernization roadmap with some of the largest agencies in government. Steve Krauss, Senior Advisor to OPM’s HR Quality Services Management Office, said that as OPM seeks to standardize the market for HR solutions and services for the federal government, the roadmap is one in which he believes OPM will be responsible for his HR IT across the federal government. I said it helped me understand the state of the system better. “We have an opportunity to help the federal government speak with his one voice and serve as a more corporate customer,” said Krauss. (OPM HR shared services office seeks to help agencies ‘speak with one voice’ – Federal News Network)
- Government agencies have received new guidance for managing text messages and other electronic records. The National Archives and Records Administration is extending its so-called “capstone” approach beyond email. This approach allows institutions to manage records based on the role of the person who created them. Streamline and automate how you manage your electronic records. Capstone’s expansion comes as some institutions struggle to tap into an ever-growing set of digital records, including text, chat, and ephemeral messaging apps like WhatsApp.
- Postal Service regulators have clearly articulated their goals for the next five years. The Postal Regulatory Commission, in its new strategic plan, seeks to regulate his USPS in a way that anticipates and adapts to operational changes. It also aims to improve communication and outreach to the general public as well as policy makers and her USPS customers. The commission will also work to strengthen infrastructure and ensure the workforce needed to keep up with workloads.
- The new partnership, called Jump 2.0, will focus on high-risk, high-payoff research at seven theme centers aimed at accelerating disruptive microchip technology. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will work with Semiconductor Research Corporation and other partners in industry and academia to improve the performance of various electronic systems. Each research center operates at a different university and includes topics such as artificial intelligence systems and architectures, high performance and energy efficient devices. The program represents his latest DARPA effort to partner with industry in the development of advanced microelectronics.