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Admiral Michael Rogers speaking at George Washington University on May 11, 2015.

Rogers mum on OPM attribution, but says hack shows value of data

The country's top cyber official declined to officially attribute the OPM hack to China, but called the intrusion a reminder of how "data has value as a commodity."

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OPM contractors in the crosshairs

House Oversight and Government Reform targeted OPM officials and contractors alike for their roles in the massive hack.

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More fed security woes, more DHS bills and a wait-and-see approach to EAGLE II

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Joint Chiefs official blasts cultural resistance to major IT projects

Two of the Pentagon's major IT security initiatives face problems from the ranks, laments Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman.

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McCaul says OPM hack should push Senate to act on cyber

The theft of information on federal employees from government systems should provide the Senate with the urgency to pass cybersecurity legislation, according to one of the bill's key House sponsors.

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IRS-OPM teamwork and a China cyber warning

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Hardware still hindering State visa process

After a June 9 hardware failure ground the State Department's process for issuing visas overseas to a near halt, two-thirds of the department's posts are now back online and issuing visas.

"NGA Strategy 2015" from the NGA

New NGA strategy touts automation, commercial capabilities

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo says geospatial intelligence is ripe for collaboration between industry and government.

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GSA, SEWP, NITAAC collaborate on computer needs

Acquisition managers surveyed users at 26 federal agencies about what kinds of laptops and desktops are most commonly used, and used the input to set baseline configurations.

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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.

The 2015 Federal 100

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