Inspectors general complain to Congress that agencies often respond to requests for information with claims that it is protected by law.
Overall IT spending is tabbed at $86.4 billion, with much of the increase driven by a hike in cybersecurity funding.
The Secret Service has long explored technology to combat the threat of commercial drones, but the Jan. 26 crash of a quadcopter on White House grounds could spur interest in deploying it.
Baseline standards for interoperability could ultimately affect the level of reimbursement from Medicare and other federal health programs.
The action was sparked by a 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation.
News and notes from around the federal IT community.
The tool shares detailed data on past task orders to help agencies conduct market research and develop better cost estimates.
DOD sees acquisition overhaul as a key element in maintaining the country's technological edge.
The White House and Republicans in Congress are getting closer on cybersecurity, but industry has new concerns.
Widespread support exists for creating a national data-breach reporting standard, but details remain to be ironed out.
The American Customer Satisfaction Index blames the decline on budget and staff cuts.
Several activities in the new Congress signal a shift in spending and strategy that will require increased support from contractors.