FBI nears completion on massive digitization effort

The FBI next month is scheduled to complete the monumental task of digitizing millions of criminal history files, civil records and fingerprint cards, the agency announced Friday.

HP to pay USPS $32.5 million for overcharges

According to a release from the Justice Department, the tech company agreed to pay the Postal Service $32.5 million amid allegations that HP overcharged USPS between 2001 and 2010. HP allegedly failed to comply with pricing terms established in a contract between the two entities.

DOJ office looking for new CIO

The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is looking for a new chief information officer, according to a job posting on USAJobs.gov.

Cybercom event explores agency roles in cyber incident response

Cybersecurity and incident response are practices engrained in most every 21st century federal agency. But when it comes to a massive cyber attack requiring the aid of multiple, partnering groups, which agency does what? Last week, the U.S. Cyber Command demonstrated a specific framework for how several critical agencies can play complementary roles in the national cyber incident response process.

FBI responds to new virus scam

The latest virus attack making the rounds uses the name of the FBI and encryption technology to extort money from unsuspecting users. -FedScoop

Verizon says feds made nearly 150,000 requests for customer data in first half of 2014

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies made almost 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon during the first half of 2014, according to a report released by the company Tuesday.

IBM dreams of a federal-friendly Watson

Outside of competitive trivia and board games, Watson’s value to society will likely materialize in its ability to produce sought after information from several locales in the time it takes a human to process a thought. And for federal agencies, that means improved services both internally and externally.

Intelligence officials disclose scope of warrantless spying

Days after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its first ever transparency report on data collected by the National Security Agency under section 702 the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., published a letter Monday sent to him by ODNI revealing how thousands of Americans may have been the subject of warrantless queries known as “backdoor searches.”

The federal CIO as venture capitalist?

The role of the chief information officer in government is changing rapidly and nobody seems to know with any certainty what the role of the CIO will or should be in the future.

But Deloitte Consulting LLP thinks it knows. In a new report, “Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption,” the company says CIOs should think more like the risk-takers and captains of industry known as venture capitalists.

Senate moves to reform FISMA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took a major step this week toward overhauling the aging Federal Information Security Management Act, lessening agencies’ static reporting requirements and striking a balance between FISMA’s checklist approach and the emerging concept of continuous monitoring.

FBI requests 26,500 licenses for Samsung Knox 2.0 software

The FBI order requests 26,500 licenses for Samsung Knox 2.0, the latest in the company’s line of enterprise mobile security solutions, which allow users to seamlessly switch from personal to work modes without a reboot. Samsung announced the software update in May at the Mobile World Conference to be used on the Galaxy S5, though it is operable on older devices.

FBI director claims facial recognition database will only target criminals

FBI Director James Comey testified Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee that a next generation identification database his agency is piloting, which could contain as many as 52 million facial images by 2015, will not stockpile photos of innocent civilians for its facial recognition purposes.

Is it finally time for federal cybersecurity law enforcement?

With half of Americans being hacked this year so far, is it finally time for federal law enforcement to take cybercrime seriously? -Fedscoop

Justice Department targets global cybercrime botnet

The Justice Department announced today it has taken part in a multinational effort, code-named “Operation Tovar,” to disrupt two cybercrime schemes responsible for more than $100 million in losses to businesses and consumers around the world.

Despite hacking, US to continue pursuing military relations with China

A day after the Justice Department charged five Chinese military officers with cyber-espionage, the Defense Department said Tuesday it will continue pursuing military relations with China.

Reporter’s Notebook: Lawmakers praise response to Chinese hackers and Blackshades

Discussion of the five Chinese hackers indicted by the Justice Department dominated a joint hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittees on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies today.

DOJ charges five Chinese military hackers with economic espionage

The Justice Department today announced criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an unprecedented international cyber-espionage case.

Joseph Klimavicz named to CIO post at DOJ, leaving NOAA

Long time CIO Joseph Klimavicz is leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and taking over as CIO of the Justice Department.

Expansion of FBI facial recognition system raises privacy concerns

Documents released by the FBI show the bureau plans to double the size of its facial recognition database by 2015 and will, for the first time, include facial images of millions of people who have not been convicted of any crimes.

DOJ hiring freeze comes to an end

After a three-year sequester-imposed hiring freeze, the Justice Department will begin employing federal agents, prosecutors, analysts and other staff as of Feb. 10.

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