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Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State,  Christopher Painter.

State Department presents cyber norms to Congress

Maryland Democrat Benjamin Cardin is skeptical about how U.S. cyber adversaries will receive the State Department’s newly released peacetime norms for cyberspace.

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Why it’s time for a town hall meeting

Interactive, regularly scheduled meetings are the best way to share information with employees and address their concerns.

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Dump-DUNS caucus weighs in on the Data Act

The federal government uses the proprietary DUNS identifier to code financial transactions, but with Data Act implementation in full swing, open-data advocates are pushing to go open source.

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House defense bill includes acquisition reform

Included in the $612 billion House-passed defense bill are some of Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry's proposals for overhauling military purchasing.

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A few agencies need to up their game on records

All agencies are required to designate a senior official at the assistant secretary level to oversee records management policy, but not all have.

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Fate of surveillance program lies in Senate's hands

After the House voted overwhelmingly to rein in the NSA's bulk-data collection program, the Senate is set for a showdown.

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Lawmakers, experts wrestle with data protection bill

Hackers will hack. Can Congress help protect Americans' personal information? And should states be pushed aside in the interest of uniformity?

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ITIF: Congress needs to support federal data policy

The authors of a new report have a slate of 11 recommendations for Congress to modernize its data posture.

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Commerce will likely have to extend IANA contract

An ambitious deadline to transition U.S. control over a key piece of global Internet architecture to an international multi-stakeholder group will likely not be met.

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The IRS and IT: Sorting fact from fiction

Once a "poster child for IT," the IRS's high-profile problems are now all too similar to those experienced by other agencies.

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Open Internet controversy could imperil FCC IT modernization

In aiming to curtail any "net neutrality" proposals, appropriators might nick the agency's IT spending.

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