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Contracting case studies, AWS security, CANES consolidation and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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GSA unveils unified acquisition strategy

the Federal Acquisition Service aims to be both a better provider and a trusted adviser.

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CDM enters stage two: Critical applications

DHS has secured funding for a program to tackle the next layer of network vulnerabilities.

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Staying out of the email hot seat

The IRS was the latest agency to learn about email archiving the hard way. Here's how to avoid being next.

IPv6: An answer to network vulnerabilities?

Never mind the deadline. Agencies have compelling security reasons to switch to IPv6, writes NCP Engineering's Julian Weinberger.

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Finding savings in FOIA

An analysis of state-level freedom-of-information requests shows how cost-effective smart open-data efforts can be.

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The long-term budget outlook

When the Congressional Budget Office reassured agencies that no last-minute sequesters are needed for fiscal 2014, it also revisited the long-term targets. The forecast: Steady growth, but slowly.

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Here we go again

Wasn't last year's budget deal supposed to make appropriations easy?

Infrastructure

Why FISMA is not enough for the Internet of Things

It's not just TSA devices that are vulnerable, says Billy Rios, director of threat intelligence at Qualys. And the procurement process is a crucial link in preventing back-door cyberattacks on federal facilities.

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What it takes to achieve effective cyber defense

Addressing nontechnical challenges could help overcome slow-moving government policies and a compliance-focused culture, writes FireEye's Travis Rosiek.

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FAA moves on drone test and research sites

The last of six authorizations to operate and a solicitation for a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems came in the past week.

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For IG, the future is now at USPS

Inspector General David Williams takes a broad view of his role at the perennially cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, including the development of new technologies and revenue streams.