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Roger That: Entertainment company looking to cast new show with military families

Do you know a military family in need? If so, Leftfield Entertainment, the production company who brought you Pawn Stars, American Restoration and Counting Cars, is casting a new “major broadcast network” show that’s “dedicated to thanking American Military families across the country for their service, while showcasing the brotherhood that makes our armed forces the finest in the world,” according to Military.com.

The identity of the “major network” remains undisclosed. But it will likely be ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox. Or it could be the CW. If you’re interested, you can email Meghan.Griffin@leftfieldpictures.com to apply for the show. To find out more, click here.

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The Office of Personnel Management brought the system to apply for security clearance background checks back online late last week, according to FedScoop.com.

OPM took the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system — the Web platform, better known as e-QIP, used to complete and submit background investigation forms — offline June 26 to perform security enhancements after an investigation found a security vulnerability.

The agency was reviewing its IT systems in the wake of a pair of hacks that compromised the personal information of more than 22 million current and former federal employees and federal security clearance applicants. OPM said the vulnerability in the e-QIP system was not directly tied to the hacks.

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Senators from both parties are pushing to position the Department of Homeland Security as the U.S. Cyber Command of the civilian government, after many agencies refused to fall into line on information security last year, according to the National Journal.

Following the largest known hack of U.S. federal employee information, which affected 21.5 million Americans, a bipartisan group of six lawmakers believes there is now enough momentum to grant DHS power over government networks.

Just as CYBERCOM monitors and blocks threats to the military network, DHS, under proposed legislation, would scan for and repel attacks against the dot-gov domain.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.

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