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VA set to test new-look health record interface

VA's pending system helps solve the agency's internal interoperability problems, while extending data to the DoD.

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Why precision attacks succeed, and what agencies need to know

The OPM breach is getting all the attention, but recent attacks on State Department and White House systems should have agencies equally concerned.

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Scott tells agency CIOs to speed up security measures

The federal CIO's message to agency IT officials doesn't mention the OPM breach, but it certainly conveys a sense of urgency.

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Nader and Norquist deconstruct the Data Act

If terabytes of data are released in the forest and no one is around to read them, do they make a difference?

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Going big on Data Act implementation

Senior leadership's message is clear that a half-hearted effort at tracking government spending data just won't cut it.

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Mobile pushes changes in biometric identifiers

Evolving biometrics should be more difficult to spoof, but they present challenges for accuracy and privacy.

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Interoperable radio issues still hound DHS

Almost 14 years after the September 11 attacks, radio interoperability remains a dream deferred.

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Of garden hoses, tennis bracelets and FedRAMP

"Not every application is meant for the cloud," says the director of the GSA program that certifies cloud security.

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McCain touts DOD/Silicon Valley ties, RAND ponders cyber reputations, and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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IGs want computer-matching rules eased

Restrictions on accessing records across agencies are hamstringing government watchdogs -- but there's hope for a change.

Heidi Shyu, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Army fights a two-front cyber war

The Army has been testing weapon systems for sophisticated cyber threats, but it was an attack on its public website that underscored the breadth of the challenge facing defense agencies.

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Senators: End sequester to pay for cybersecurity

OPM's fiscal 2016 request of $272 million includes $21 million for finishing network upgrades begun in fiscal 2014.

The 2015 Federal 100

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