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August 14, 2020

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By Charlie Mitchell

The Trump administration has inappropriately named two officials to the “acting secretary” post since the resignation of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in 2019, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, which found the appointments of Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his predecessor violated the law covering DHS succession.

By Sara Friedman

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and ranking member Gary Peters (D-MI) are proposing to expand the number of rural telecoms eligible to receive funds under the FCC’s rip-and-replace program for Huawei and ZTE services, in a new bill recently introduced.

By Charlie Mitchell

Lawmakers in the House and Senate – led by three members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission – have unveiled legislation to bolster support for state and local cyber efforts including the modernization of information technology systems, reflecting a key Solarium recommendation and earning the backing of an influential state CIO group.

By Sara Friedman

The tech industry has adopted a philosophy where cybersecurity is often an afterthought when building new products, which Internet Security Alliance leader Larry Clinton says could put the U.S. at a disadvantage when the economy starts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Justin Doubleday

Acting Pentagon technology chief Michael Kratsios says the Defense Department should use its "unique authorities" to pursue innovation, while also committing to "redoubling" efforts to work more closely with non-traditional vendors and startup businesses.

By Sara Friedman

A new rule goes into effect today for contractors and federal agencies that bans the use of equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE, but the limited time for implementation is a cause for concern for many contractors large and small.

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