Policy


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Lawmakers push consolidation of small business preference process

Under current law, the VA runs its own Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program, and the SBA handles those duties for all other agencies.

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Seeking some common ground

Federal IT is difficult enough without viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries, writes FCW's Troy K. Schneider.

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Data Act sent to president

The House passed the spending transparency legislation easily, as the Senate did earlier, but it's not clear what the White House position is.

GSA, OPM team up to tackle training

The goal is to deliver better-focused training packages with more cost-effective contracts.

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Big data policy preview reveals equity concerns

“We need to pay careful attention to what unexpected outcomes the use of big data might lead to, and how to remedy any unintended discrimination or inequality that may result," according to presidential advisor John Podesta, who is heading up a White House policy review.

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Improved Pentagon acquisition requires tolerance of risk

Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.

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Does anyone want to be a CIO?

Alan Balutis argues that focusing too much on "commodity IT" is an abdication of the CIO's mission.

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Industry, agencies talk small business obstacles

Programs aimed at cutting through the weeds of the procurement process can help, but many small vendors feel other federal efforts are stacked against them.

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NSA document details foreign intel databases

The intelligence agency delves into some details about how it collects, stores and accesses data but leaves many key questions unanswered.

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Two IRS IT projects on hold

A GAO report on the tax agency's budget says a pair of tech programs have fallen victim to spending cuts.

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Does the big data era demand new rules of the road?

The gray area for those developing guidelines lies in the purpose behind a data collection, and the issue of subsequent, unforeseen use.

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Increased trust boosts Pentagon-industry info sharing

In the seven years since the creation of the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Information Assurance program, contractors have become less skittish about what sharing can do to their bottom lines, a Pentagon official says.