Policy


Admiral William E. Gortney

Northern Command nominee: U.S. behind in cyber defense

Adm. William Gortney says he would explore better coordination with DHS.

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The dirty truth about missing emails

While many agencies have been developing and adopting strategies to manage their records electronically, the IRS scandal has revealed a gaping chasm between policy and implementation.

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Squeezing Defense IT, dinging FDIC and arguing for better access to space

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Schedule 70 cloud listing could shower benefits

Procurement experts are enthusiastic about adding a separate cloud services category to the venerable contracting vehicle.

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Senate would trim president's defense IT budget by $500M

Lawmakers said the lower funding level “will help prioritize and better target non-cybersecurity IT investments in an era of fiscal constraint.”

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Teaching feds not to fear the FAR

How HHS is trying to innovate without breaking the rules for federal contracting.

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Panel recommends NIST declare independence from NSA

"NIST may seek the advice of the NSA on cryptographic matters but it must be in a position to assess it and reject it when warranted,” says a report from the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology.

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Are the spending floodgates about to open?

New analysis from Deltek suggests that fourth-quarter agency spending could be especially strong this year.

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No thawing of cyber tensions on Kerry’s Beijing trip

A "frank exchange" of views between the U.S. and China yielded no concrete results on the cyber-attack front.

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Keeping tabs on costs at Interior

A decision by senior IT officials to review every tech purchase of more than $3,000 has paid handsome dividends at the Interior Department.

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OPM breach, de facto debarment, system on a chip and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Frank Kendall

DOD acquisition reform focused on people, not processes

Undersecretary Frank Kendall sees cultural change taking root among the Pentagon's 150,000-strong acquisition workforce.