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Navy cloud and Air Force space launch

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Fate of surveillance program lies in Senate's hands

After the House voted overwhelmingly to rein in the NSA's bulk-data collection program, the Senate is set for a showdown.

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When shared services go bad

The rise of criminal shared services has been startling, says the FBI’s John Riggi. "The bad guys have figured out that cooperation works."

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Drone pilot training, DISA's big cyber contract, fed feedback, and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Deputy Secretary Robert Work (left) and Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (right), brief reporters at the Defense Department Lab Day on May 14 at the Pentagon.

DOD Lab Day has a cyber undercurrent

At the Pentagon's first-ever Laboratory Day, researchers from Air Force, Army and Navy labs won $45 million to develop quantum computing.

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Is OPM's big hiring decision all it's cracked up to be?

Excepted-service hiring authority is a welcome tool for some agencies, but it's temporary relief in the ongoing struggle to snatch up digital services talent — and it has been a long time coming.

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CBP needs better data picture from border tech

"You can't manage what you can't measure," was the message delivered by Sen. Tom Carper.

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Bureaucratic wall stands between DOD and Silicon Valley

Analysts say Defense Secretary Ashton Carter needs to seize the reins of the bureaucracy to push innovation.

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Commerce will likely have to extend IANA contract

An ambitious deadline to transition U.S. control over a key piece of global Internet architecture to an international multi-stakeholder group will likely not be met.

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The IRS and IT: Sorting fact from fiction

Once a "poster child for IT," the IRS's high-profile problems are now all too similar to those experienced by other agencies.

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Faster drone approval, DOD's Lab Day and a big-dollar robotics challenge

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Open Internet controversy could imperil FCC IT modernization

In aiming to curtail any "net neutrality" proposals, appropriators might nick the agency's IT spending.

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