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Water supply cyber threat ‘a national security emergency,’ warns cybersecurity expert

Cybersecurity risks threaten virtually every part of critical infrastructure in the United States, including the water supply. Four government agencies jointly issued an advisory that malicious actors are targeting the water system. Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery (USN, ret.), senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies […]


OMB requests feedback by Jan. 31 to support President’s Management Agenda

Federal workers, researchers and private citizens have until Jan. 31 to submit feedback in support of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a draft learning agenda to identify ways to coordinate implementation of President Biden’s management goals. Robert Shea, national managing principal for public policy at Grant […]


HUD works with government and nonprofit organizations to address homelessness and housing discrimination

The government has a responsibility to confront housing insecurity, ensure access to homes and eliminate housing discrimination. Strengthening the lives of both individuals and communities through access to housing is essential, according to Adrianne Todman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Todman said the economic environment is part of […]


‘Simplify the infrastructure,’ NIST fellow advises government on cyber defense

Part of the federal government’s approach to cybersecurity is developing unified security standards across all agencies. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) develops those security standards and guidelines for agencies, contractors and critical infrastructure. Ron Ross, NIST fellow who leads this effort, said he recommends organizations simplify their infrastructure to protect against cyber […]

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US should look beyond sanctions to deter Russia, says former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Russia continues to move troops and tanks to its western border with Ukraine and could also be moving troops to neighboring Belarus to attack Ukraine from the north. Gen. Philip Breedlove (USAF, ret.), distinguished chair for the Frontier Europe Initiative at the Middle East Institute, professor at Georgia Tech, formerly Supreme Allied Commander Europe of […]


Coast Guard commandant: ‘I’m most proud of the resilience of our people’

Last week, the Government Matters team attended the Surface Navy Association’s 34th National Symposium, “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge,” its first fully hybrid conference with both virtual and in-person events. Members, including Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, and defense contractors attended the event, which had over 90 exhibitors and more than 3,000 attendees. At the […]


Conversations from Surface Navy Association’s 34th National Symposium

Last week, the Government Matters team attended the Surface Navy Association’s 34th National Symposium, “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge.” At the conference, Mimi Geerges spoke with some attendees who are paving the way for innovation and advancing the Navy’s mission. Lt. Skye Pawlik from the Naval Integrated Fires Element in the U.S. Navy said her […]

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