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CBP stops background checks to wait for PII upgrades

The DHS agency filed justifications for changes to blanket purchase agreements with a handful of IT systems providers.

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Malware warning, Microsoft security and the Army's G-6 handoff

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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DHS to embed researchers 'on the ground'

The Science and Technology Directorate will deploy research personnel to DHS components to get a better grip on agency IT needs.

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Kindergarten coders

U.S. CTO Megan Smith says everyone will benefit if students begin learning to code when they are learning to read.

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Assessing the White House breach

The breach apparently affected only unclassified networks, but the White House is revealing few details.

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Cyberattacks, DeSalvo staying, elegant ID and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Tangherlini: 'Rome wasn't burnt in a day'

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini remains effusive about the problem-solving potential of government.

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Hamm new FedSIM director

Chris Hamm will assume the duties of the retiring Steve Viar, who has headed GSA's Federal Systems Integration and Management center since 2010.

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Navy leaders try to speed IT acquisition by reinterpreting the FAR

It takes at least six months to get from RFP to a contract award, and "six months is a lifetime when it comes to security," says the Navy's Victor Gavin.

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Picking up the open-gov torch

Obama administration officials are confident a solid foundation and a new team will support open-government plans even after the departure of two key leaders.

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Red tape holding back hiring at U.S. Digital Service

Deputy Federal CIO Mikey Dickerson says senior leaders need to get better about understanding technology to improve outcomes on large scale IT projects.

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USCIS looks to the cloud for E-Verify

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is considering shifting data processing for the employee verification system to the cloud while maintaining the public-facing Web presence.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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