Policy


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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.

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HHS releases first RFP under Buyers Club

Procurement adviser Mark Naggar hopes the solicitation will become a model for innovative acquisition.

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Standardizing complaints, sharing cyber info and tracking Ebola

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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TechFAR, Digital Playbook get tentative thumbs up

The new tools are a first step, but critics still contend that federal acquisition rules are outdated when it comes to buying IT.

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Analytics could drive the future of VistA

The next generation of VA's electronic health record should see benefits from agency advances in predictive analytics.

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'Buy and buy once,' urges DOJ CIO

New CIO Joe Klimavicz wants the Justice Department to adopt a service broker model for IT acquisition.

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Innovation, the devil and the details

Industry representatives want more information from federal officials supporting their claims that new procurement programs won't compete with the private sector.