Policy


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Shutdown begins

As Congress fails to reach agreement on funding measures, OPM guidance provides information to furloughed feds.

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Senate kicks CR back to House

Sen. Chuck Schumer: 'We will not be extorted' by House Republicnas trying to tie funding for the government to a delay of the health care reform law.

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Agencies enact contingency plans

With the shutdown a reality, theoretical contingency plans get a real-world test.

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Faraway disasters could hinder SEWP

NASA's new IT contract will continue to support essential government activities during the government shutdown, but fires and floods around the world could have a more noticeable effect.

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What's the worst that could happen?

If Congress can't come up with a way to continue funding the federal government by Oct. 1, many people won't notice much difference, at first. But it won't take long for the consequences to grow more dire.

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How a shutdown would raise attack risk

Even with many security measures automated, widespread furloughs would create vulnerabilities.

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Senate kicks modified CR back to the House

Senate drops a provision to defund Obamacare from the House bill.

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Contractors would face shutdown with uncertainty

Who can work -- and when they'll get paid -- depends on a complex mix of factors, experts say.

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GAO: Mixed results thus far implementing FISMA

Agencies have improved compliance with FISMA requirements, but checking all the boxes has not translated into taking full advantage of the enhancements that are available.

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Shutdown planning is the new normal

The last time the government shut down, the Internet was in its infancy and the political landscape was different. Times have changed.

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Should I stay or should I go?

Federal IT employees are unsure which of them will be spared from furloughs if the government shuts down Oct. 1.

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Is FISMA enough?

A survey reveals that many federal security professionals find the framework inadequate and outdated.