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A cyber RFP re-do, USDA's new web portal, ITES-3S updates and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NARA preps for new info control rules

The government has let "a thousand flowers bloom" with regard to marking sensitive information, but that is about to change.

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IRS breach highlights weakness of ‘knowledge-based’ security

By answering personal questions, hackers were able to access information for 100,000 taxpayers, revealing how vulnerable the IRS authentication system really is.

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New email records policy takes shape

A presidential directive requires agencies to manage email records in electronic form by the end of 2016, and the National Archives' plan to hit the goal is almost in final form.

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Data breach costs, open data growth, SpaceX certified and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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VA reports success in thwarting infiltration of networked medical devices

The VA has about 65,000 medical devices on its network, and they are especially vulnerable to malware because they can last for years longer than their underlying software and operating systems.

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The 'no' teams try saying 'yes, if'

Different departments with different goals can hamstring federal IT projects – especially when it comes to the lawyers. The fix lies in communication, early and often.

Denise Turner Roth.

Roth: Data is key to GSA succcess

GSA Administrator-designate Denise Turner Roth sees value in harnessing data to drive efficiencies and cost-effectiveness for federal customers.

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Procurement prize, NARA guidance, IRS system hacked and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Five critter cams to go dark at the National Zoo

The cameras to be shut down run on the Windows Server 2003 operating system, which goes out of support in July.

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BLS on CPI: I'm old fashioned, but I don't mind it

One of economics' most important numbers depends on data collected by hand – data that's largely already online, posted freely by merchants and their customers.

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FBI delayed privacy protection rules for Section 215 data, says IG

An IG report asserts that it should not "have taken 7 years … to develop minimization procedures" to protect the privacy of data.

The 2015 Federal 100

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