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China hacking map, getting behind Einstein and Alabama cyber

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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OMB developing cyber guidance for contractors

New guidelines will be aimed at bolstering contractor cybersecurity in the wake of breaches that originated with vendors.

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Buy or build? For IT, it's custom vs. COTS

It's a timeless question — and the answer might not be as clear-cut as agencies think.

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Data Act implementation hung up on definitions

Words, rather than numbers, are proving key to bringing all federal agencies together in the push for financial transparency.

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Linking laws through open data

Open data holds the promise of connecting legislation in new ways, bringing federal, state and local laws together and automating compliance. But teaching machines to read law –- or lawmakers to read machines -- is no simple task.

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Backfitting the Safety Act

Lawmakers and experts debate ways to provide liability protections for cyberattacks.

E-invoice mandate, Flash malware spike and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NIST app competition, Clapper's hack warning, DIA protests and a new intel CIO

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Talk more cloud

'Cloud' might be a tired buzzword, but in the federal technology space, the specifics of how cloud actually gets done aren't talked up enough, government cloud gurus say.

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Senator fights electrical apocalypse

Sen. Ron Johnson plans to funnel $100 million toward quick hardening of the U.S. power grid. But with so much at stake, he contends, much more should be done.

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Where's the new cyber strategy?

A week after the end of the federal "sprint," OMB is working past its own deadline on the Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Strategy.

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Agencies caught off guard by OPM’s pay-to-play credit monitoring

OPM is passing along the cost of post-breach credit monitoring to other federal agencies, but some are wondering how it will all work.

The 2015 Federal 100

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