Policy


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How to ease the e-discovery impact of FOIA requests

Agencies can simplify the process of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests with a little training on new technology tools.

White House: No 'red lines' in responding to cyber threats

Top White House cybersecurity adviser Michael Daniel wants all options on table for responding to cyber attacks.

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GSA unveils plan to allow TIC compliance for FedRAMP services

Draft "overlay" would give agencies and cloud service providers a new path to secure cloud connections.

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'A tale of two contracting methods'

As the comment period ends for GSA's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract vehicle, it begins for the Alliant 2 GWAC. Industry experts say there are some interesting contrasts.

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DARPA director warns against 'corrosion' of sequestration

The fiscal 2016 budget request for DARPA is about $3 billion, but Arati Prabhakar says research would suffer if automatic cuts resume.

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FBI wants 'legislative fix' on device encryption

The director of the FBI wants Congress to dispense with unbreakable encryption on smartphones.

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Guthrie, Matsui renew bid to compensate federal agencies for spectrum

Under current law, agencies have no incentives to make more efficient use of their spectrum, curtail operations or share with other agencies.

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Necessity is the mother of Navy acquisition reform

The Navy's Innovation Cell is designed to speed up a lumbering acquisition system by getting vendors involved earlier in the process.

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Gerry Connolly: FITARA's force multiplier

For two decades, Eagle award winner Rep. Gerry Connolly has focused on IT, agency employees and the companies that partner with government.

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FAA unveils new drone-test policy

The interim policy is aimed at speeding up authorizations for commercial UAS operators.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) at a July 2012 joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee for Veterans Affairs (DOD Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Thornberry's defense acquisition bill: 'not enough ... but it's a start'

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, who championed defense acquisition reform before it was cool, said he has compiled more than 1,000 suggested changes.

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Environmental datasets, reverse auction legislation and military email

News and notes from around the federal IT community.