Agencies


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Coping with Congress

Lawmakers have given agencies long-term funding clarity for the first time in years. But the lack of budget drama could open the door to other conflicts.

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Tech council blasts IT acquisition report

GSA's product- and service-centric approach ignores how those products and services would be used, argues the Information Technology Industry Council.

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EPA and Congress clash over regulatory authority

For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, getting to know Capitol Hill has not been a pleasant experience.

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Industry stresses flexibility on cyber acquisition rules

The Telecommunications Industry Association also told GSA that federal workforce training is crucial to bolstering cybersecurity in the acquisition process.

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DOE releases cyber procurement guidelines

The nonbinding rules are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities in the power sector's procurement process.

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Data Act sponsors look to implementation

Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.

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Commerce bureaus flunk cyber test

The department's inspector general used automated software to direct suspicious traffic at the public-facing websites of five offices; only one analyzed and moved to block the threat.

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Lawmakers push consolidation of small business preference process

Under current law, the VA runs its own Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program, and the SBA handles those duties for all other agencies.

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Seeking some common ground

Federal IT is difficult enough without viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries, writes FCW's Troy K. Schneider.

GSA, OPM team up to tackle training

The goal is to deliver better-focused training packages with more cost-effective contracts.

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Improved Pentagon acquisition requires tolerance of risk

Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.

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How Sandia researchers get inside TSA employees' heads

The national lab is applying cognitive psychology and neuroscience to the field of airport security.