Policy


Arati Prabhakar

DARPA director warns against 'corrosion' of sequestration

The fiscal 2016 budget request for DARPA is about $3 billion, but Arati Prabhakar says research would suffer if automatic cuts resume.

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FBI wants 'legislative fix' on device encryption

The director of the FBI wants Congress to dispense with unbreakable encryption on smartphones.

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Guthrie, Matsui renew bid to compensate federal agencies for spectrum

Under current law, agencies have no incentives to make more efficient use of their spectrum, curtail operations or share with other agencies.

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Necessity is the mother of Navy acquisition reform

The Navy's Innovation Cell is designed to speed up a lumbering acquisition system by getting vendors involved earlier in the process.

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Gerry Connolly: FITARA's force multiplier

For two decades, Eagle award winner Rep. Gerry Connolly has focused on IT, agency employees and the companies that partner with government.

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FAA unveils new drone-test policy

The interim policy is aimed at speeding up authorizations for commercial UAS operators.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) at a July 2012 joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee for Veterans Affairs (DOD Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Thornberry's defense acquisition bill: 'not enough ... but it's a start'

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, who championed defense acquisition reform before it was cool, said he has compiled more than 1,000 suggested changes.

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Environmental datasets, reverse auction legislation and military email

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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OFPP looks for fuller procurement vista

A new feedback tool is aimed at identifying best practices and acquisition areas that need improvement.

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Cyber commander wants more offense

National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers calls for more offense, while Sen. John McCain blasts the administration for lack of effective deterrence.

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Regulators seek more authority in data breach bill

FTC officials fear draft House legislation might be too narrow to fix the problem.

Shaun Donovan

Donovan to Congress: Data Act implementation isn't free

The OMB director also asked House appropriators to boost funding for the U.S. Digital Service.

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