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IGs want computer-matching rules eased

Restrictions on accessing records across agencies are hamstringing government watchdogs -- but there's hope for a change.

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How flexible should FITARA be?

The federal CIO told House watchdogs that IT reform would be implemented with strict oversight, but there are already rumblings inside agencies about possible exceptions.

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Counting cloud contracts, defense approps, net governance and info sharing

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Spires: Some agencies will struggle with FITARA implementation

The former DHS CIO will tell Congress how experienced government and industry IT hands can support the new acquisition legislation.

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OFPP to issue acquisition lab guidance

Using HHS Buyers Club as a model, the procurement office wants to encourage other agencies to launch acquisition innovation labs.

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Should the National Labs be exempt from FITARA?

Senate bill carves out exemption for supercomputing and other lab IT; an earlier version of the measure would have exempted the entire Department of Energy.

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RIP, HTTP

Federal websites will be required to tack on the "s" for "secure" by the end of next year.

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Report: State Department needs to rethink use of tech

A National Research Council study suggests utilizing NGOs to help Foggy Bottom identify growing trends in science and technology.

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OFPP issues guidance on reverse auctions

GAO studies have shown increasing use of reverse auctions, including some instances where they weren't used very effectively.

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CJS funding bill would limit high-tech surveillance

Several provisions in the Commerce-Justice-Science bill would bar the use of funds for various surveillance activities.

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Health IT, one-stop convenience pitched as NITAAC advantages

Sorting out the alphabet soup of federal acquisition options means focusing on what your agency values most.

Mary Davie, GSA

GSA sees common cause with SEWP, NITAAC

There is inherent tension among the various IT sources for federal buyers, but GSA's Mary Davie says there is plenty of business to go around.