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GAO Says Northern Border Security Suffering Because of Southwest Focus

A Government Accountability Office review finds northern border security lacking in terms of staffing and infrastructure, with many legacy systems failing or of poor quality.

GAO Wants T-Band Use Extended After Finding ‘Significant Challenges’ in Relocating Public Safety Communications

In three of the four metropolitan areas examined in the review, officials had not found a T-Band alternative.

Finalized Cloud Smart Policy Tells Agencies to Reassess Application Inventories

The White House has released the finalized version of this administration’s cloud policy, Cloud Smart, which replaces the Obama administration’s Cloud First policy that was established in 2010.

OIG: DHS Must Improve Oversight of Misconduct and Discipline

An internal review has found that DHS does not have sufficient policies and procedures to address employee misconduct. Specifically, policy does not include procedures for reporting allegations of misconduct, clear and specific supervisor roles and expectations, or clearly defined key discipline terms.

CBO: Extreme Weather Costs $54 Billion Annually and Will Rise Without Policy Changes

The Congessional Budget Office estimates that expected annual economic losses total $54 billion for most types of damage caused by storm surges, hurricane winds, and heavy precipitation.

GAO: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Online Identity Verification Processes

The federal government relies on commercial credit agencies to help verify the identities of people who apply for benefits online—such as asking personal questions from credit files. However, the 2017 Equifax data breach has raised questions about this practice.

GAO: DOD Facilities Unprepared for Extreme Weather and Climate Change

DOD’s global property holdings are worth nearly $1.2 trillion and a Government Accountability Office report has found that these installations are at risk of extreme weather and climate change events.

GAO Finds Critical Security Risks in ‘Decades Old’ Federal IT Systems

The U.S. government plans to spend over $90 billion this fiscal year on information technology. Most of that will be used to operate and maintain existing systems, including legacy systems which can be more costly to maintain and vulnerable to hackers.
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