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House passes check on Internet transition, multiple DHS measures

In addition to demanding review of any change to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, legislators pushed for IT consolidation, improved communications and other reforms for DHS component agencies.

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Unions play watchdog – and roadblock? – roles in OPM disaster

Federal labor unions are holding OPM accountable and fighting for workers after breaches exposed personal data – but did union bargaining help leave government systems vulnerable in the first place?

Project ATHENA creates surrogate human organ systems (image courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory).

Organs the size of a smartphone screen

“Homo minutus” could revolutionize the way biologists and medical personnel screen new drugs or toxic agents.

Hires at USDA and AT&L, and drone delivery arrives

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Notification deadline passes, feds exposed in OPM breaches still in the dark

The scope of the Office of Personnel Management breaches remains unclear as personal information exposure notifications continue to reach current and former feds.

Dave Wennergren is the Senior Vice President of Technology Policy for the Professional Services Council.

Valuing cybersecurity outcomes instead of oversight

Although the government has made progress on cybersecurity, we need to make better use of the tools we have.

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Dreaming in code

Coding boot camps feed the need for talented programmers in the public and private sectors, and are becoming a booming business themselves.

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House Intel panel, White House spar over new cyber agency

The intelligence authorization bill would, the White House says, leave the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center with too broad a set of responsibilities and a dearth of resources.

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Parsing the cyber bills in the 114th Congress

The Congressional Research Service offers a detailed analysis of cybersecurity proposals being considered by lawmakers.

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White House: IRS, OMB appropriations bill increases cyber risk

Republicans pointed out that the IRS has authority to reallocate some of its funding, and also criticized agency spending on employee bonuses and union activity.

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Data scientists: Stop trying to just predict; look back, and think

In the rush to predict the future, many are passing up the opportunity to leverage big data's potential to form a more complete picture of how the world works, leading scientists say.

Richard Hale, DOD Deputy CIO for Cyber Security.

DOD looks to better data for better security

Pentagon officials are trying to do a better job of reaping the low-hanging fruit of cyberattack data to make their networks more secure.

The 2015 Federal 100

Meet 100 women and men who are doing great things in federal IT.