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Terry Halvorsen

DHS funding, election-season API, spectrum sharing and 'secure enough' mobility

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Fixing FISMA, blaming … someone, and another lawsuit

Lawmakers wrestled with the regulatory shortcomings that helped allow the OPM breach to happen as they continued the search for someone to blame. Employee unions, on the other hand, know whom they're blaming.

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Pentagon's Silicon Valley unit gets $1.75M for fiscal 2015

The outreach facility will get another $5 million for the next four years.

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MSPB suffers IT failure, says hack is not to blame

Merit Systems Protection Board data from as far back as November 2014 could be missing.

While Clinton ran private email system, State got high marks for managing records

When assessing records management, it all depends on who you ask.

Jeh Johnson

A good day to try hard

A day filled with simultaneous network problems across multiple industries illustrates the complexity of the problem faced by cyber warriors, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Domain name delay, DHS funding, McCain on acquisition and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

FBI Director James Comey, testifying March 25 before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

Comey renews encryption plea on Capitol Hill

The FBI director's arguments for law enforcement access to encrypted communications met a friendlier reception in the Senate than in the House.

Flickr image: 1965 Ford Mustang coupe Rally Pac gauges. Taken at the 2012 New South Wales All Ford Day, held at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek Raceway).

Like duct-taping airbags to a '65 Mustang

Federal CIO Tony Scott says trying to graft modern security features onto legacy IT systems is like slapping modern safety features onto a classic car: darn near impossible, and ugly.

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Can Uncle Sam promote self-driving vehicles?

Industry leaders are bullish on the future of robotic transportation, but when it comes to regulation, they seek "balance" from the feds.

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A FOIA app, Chamber targets cyber, shelling out for Shell and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Report: UL in talks with White House on IoT certification

A certification from Underwriters Laboratories, which has historically focused on electrical safety, could set a broad risk standard for cybersecurity.

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