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Report: Government should backstop efforts to protect grid

A study from the Bipartisan Policy Center recommends incentives to persuade utility companies to comply with industry standards.

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States aiming at NSA might hit contractors

Proposals under consideration in several legislatures would limit state interaction with firms assisting warrantless data collection.

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Feds' facial recognition systems fall outside code of conduct

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's code of conduct will apply only to commercial uses, at least to start.

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves hopes that putting teeth in data reporting requirements will give smaller firms a better chance to compete for federal contracts.

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai speaking at a Feb. 20, 2014, press conference.

Takai takes FITARA to task for oversight provisions

Defense Department CIO is concerned the legislation might collide with internal Pentagon realignment efforts.

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DOD must mesh realignment with approaching budget battle

Current plans to trim Pentagon spending are clipping around the edges, and officials fear tougher choices will be hard for Congress to agree to.

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White House issues policy guide for administrative data sharing

Detailed guidance spells out what agencies can do to overcome institutional barriers to using data through collaboration across programs and agencies.

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Draft language signals more transparent NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been on the defensive since it was revealed that the NSA subverted encryption standards.

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Report: Big data, cybersecurity intrinsically linked

Analysts see 'tremendous value' in data the government collects, but say infrastructure and policy prevent making the best use of it.

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Acquisition in the crosshairs amid DOD restructuring

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon undersecretary in charge of acquisition, outlined some tentative plans to streamline acquisition rules, ideally before the fiscal 2015 defense funding bill.

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House passes FITARA (again)

The IT acquisition bill, modified since it first went to the Senate in 2013, was approved by voice vote.

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More than 100 sign OASIS deals

Federal users can choose from among seven pools of providers for professional services offerings, including logistic, IT, engineering, financial management and scientific trades and services.