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'Our goal is to eliminate you as an agency'

Senators grill a little-known Commerce Department agency on whether it's a redundant repository for reports and a middleman for agencies seeking to avoid complicated acquisition rules.

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DOD stresses testing, evaluation improvements

Officials tout Better Buying Power 2.0 as a catalyst for defense acquisition reform.

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FTC wants to stretch regulatory arm in big data

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen says the key to using big data is understanding its limits and “emphasizing the need for human judgment.”

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GAO: What Congress' watchdogs are thinking

Meet the leaders behind all those audits.

The original front cover of the 9/11 Commission Report released by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

'History may be repeating itself' in cyberspace

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 report's release, the men who guided the investigation are warning of new threats going unaddressed.

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The power of priorities, postponing DCGS-A and opening data in D.C.

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Nominee promises digital answers to VA problems

The Obama administration’s attempt to turn the page at the Veterans Affairs Department moved to Congress with the confirmation hearing of Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald.

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Former Navy secretary calls for minimalist approach to IT security

Richard Danzig argues that the U.S. government should "forsake some efficiencies" in the pursuit of security.

Members of the NAS team and National Academies representatives with the NIST scanner. From left to right: Leslie Braby, Erik Svedberg, Sandra Hyland, David Hintenlang, and Sadije Redzovic.

NIST, NAS still assessing controversial airport scanners

Privacy concerns forced TSA to scrap its backscatter machines, but radiation levels -- and possible future uses -- are still being studied.

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USGS draws FEMA a 3-D map

A U.S. Geological Survey mapping program will bring data and related mapping tools to bear on flood risk management and other hazards.

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Turning big data into better health outcomes

Federal entities are playing a number of roles in population health management as the practice continues to unfold.

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Airport security, health IT, cyber-collaboration and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.