Provisions in the 2012 defense bill include some measures that will have a big impact this year on contracting, cyber defense, intelligence and the use of cloud.
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act receives presidential stamp of approval despite contested measures regarding controversial provision on indefinite detainment of terror suspects.
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would accept compromise legislation that provides a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut set to expire at the beginning of the year.
Government agencies are no longer working on short-term continuing resolutions.
The omnibus spending bill approved by Congress this week included full funding for a joint Veterans Affairs and Defense department project to develop a single, integrated digital medical record system for soldiers and veterans.
The 2012 defense bill contains language that could block DOD-DISA partnerships in cloud and enterprise e-mail.
The Homeland Security Department picked up money for cyber protection, but lost dollars in first-responder grants.
Government shutdown crisis almost over with House passage, senators say.
A late-night deal avoided a partial government shutdown, the fifth such occasion this year.
The latest threats for a government shutdown are ringing hollow as Congress tones down the confrontation.