Policy


Sen. Tom Coburn

Coburn to cut short his Senate term

The Oklahoma Republican and federal spending critic says he will retire in early 2015.

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Cyber Command, network defenses bolstered in spending bill

Spending on cybersecurity will be dramatically higher in 2014 -- and so will reporting requirements for the agencies getting the money.

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China supply chain restrictions softened in funding bill

The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending measure would relax rules on technology trade with China.

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House passes bill to inform users of HealthCare.gov breaches

Supporters say the bill would protect individuals' personal information while opponents say the goal is to discourage people from using the site.

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Short-term stopgap could be needed to keep government open

Legislators say they will likely miss the Jan. 15 deadline for a new appropriations package by at least a few days.

GAO Dave Powner

What to expect from GAO this year

The congressional watchdog's director of IT management issues previews the upcoming oversight agenda.

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Data center closures continue apace -- or do they?

OMB is close to achieving its original target for FDCCI, but that goal was set before the actual number of data centers was revealed to be more than double the initial estimates.

Michael Hettinger

TechAmerica: Congress key to effective procurement reform

Association's new head of public sector policy applauds executive branch proposals, but says legislation is needed to cure what ails IT acquisition.

Senators Tom Coburn and Tom Carper

FITARA could expand to include IT salaries

A pair of key senators told their House colleagues that paying acquisition experts more could have long-term benefits.

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IT aids best practices for citizen engagement

A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government says IT is a boon to the public’s involvement in government problem-solving.

Roger Waldron

Watch out for standardized labor categories

The president of the Coalition for Government Procurement warns that GSA's planned changes could drive vendors away.

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Scott Quehl: Sharing services at scale

The Accenture Federal Services executive and former Commerce chief financial officer says the old budget buckets will no longer apply.