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GSA tech chief defends 18F, says watchdog’s report ‘got our attention’

The head of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service is speaking up for 18F — the agency’s under-fire IT swat team — and vowing to change the cybersecurity rules that a watchdog accused 18F of ignoring. TTS Commissioner Rob Cook told CyberScoop that GSA was working to overhaul the IT security rules that 18F’s leadership flouted. “We will be pressing up very hard against these rules...

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Watchdog: Federal agency 18F ignored IT regulations, cybersecurity rules

The Obama administration’s elite IT swat team 18F ran roughshod last year over cybersecurity rules set by the General Services Administration CIO and other officials, according to an audit report Tuesday from the agency’s internal watchdog. “Management failures in GSA IT and 18F caused a breakdown in compliance with GSA information technology security requirements,” reads the audit by the GSA’s inspector general’s...

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GSA close to launching bug bounty

The General Services Administration appears another step closer to joining the growing trend in the federal government of agencies enlisting white-hat hackers to seek out network vulnerabilities for a nice chunk of change. GSA’s Technology Transformation Service issued a draft solicitation through an open source GitHub project earlier this year looking for potential experienced vendors to help it establish its own bug bounty program....