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Only one of the top 50 federal IT contractors has fully implemented an email protocol designed to prevent fraud, the Global Cyber Alliance advocacy group reports.

Why it matters: Without a contractor using the DMARC protocol, recipients of emails claiming to be from that contractor will not automatically double check whether those emails are authentic. That means incoming emails could impersonate the contractor and fraudulently ask a victim to transfer money for unpaid bills or log in to a phishing website.

The details: DMARC allows recipients of an email to double check with the purported sender that it actually sent the email. If an email is faked, that purported sender can instruct the recipient to reject the email, send it to the spam folder or do nothing at all.

  • Only one firm has the reject setting turned on, according to the GCA audit.
  • One firm requests fake emails be treated as spam.
  • 26 have DMARC, but don't instruct the recipient to do anything if emails are fraudulent.
  • 21 do not have DMARC installed.
  • One has DMARC improperly configured, and makes no request.

The rules: The Department of Homeland Security required agencies to begin installing DMARC last year, but the order did not extend to contractors.

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Cuomo scandal snares Dems on #MeToo

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The searing sexual harassment allegations made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are trouble for Democrats far beyond Albany and New York.

Why it matters: They hammered Donald Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape. Pilloried Brett Kavanaugh over Christine Blasey Ford. Defended President Biden when he was accused of inappropriate touching. Now, Democrats have to show whether they walk the "#MeToo" talk.

CPAC Republicans choose conservatism over constituents

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CPAC proved such a draw, conservative Republicans chose the conference over their constituents.

Why it matters: More than a dozen House Republicans voted by proxy on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in Washington so they could speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC. And Sen. Ted Cruz skipped an Air Force One flight as President Biden flew to Cruz's hometown of Houston to survey storm damage.

Border Democrat warns Biden about immigrant fallout

Henry Cuellar (right). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

A Democratic lawmaker representing a border district warned the Biden administration against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios he supports President Biden. But the moderate said he sees the downsides of efforts to placate pro-immigrant groups, an effort that threatens to blow up on the administration.

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