Policy


Trey Hodgkins_ITI

Hodgkins: 'No more three-week funding cycles'

Tech industry lobbyist is upbeat about the way forward for federal IT, as outlined in the president’s fiscal 2015 budget.

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The FY15 budget: IT spending breakdown

The overall changes are modest compared to fiscal 2014, but many individual agency budgets see much larger swings.

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Budget requests for science, research mostly flat

One big winner is likely to be NOAA, which is gearing up to launch new weather satellites in 2016-17.

Greg Mundell

Watch out for 'boiler room' cloud brokers

If cloud providers are also brokers, can an agency be sure its interests are put first?

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IT spending dips slightly in Obama budget request

All the net savings come on the defense side, where the request for IT funding is down about 6 percent from fiscal 2014 spending.

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Budget eyes better training for senior executives

The executive training proposal complements a broader, $56 billion plan aimed at improving customer service by federal agencies.

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Cyber a priority in DHS spending blueprint

The Einstein automated intrusion-detection system would be funded at $549 million under the president's proposal.

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Defense budget zeroes in on cyber spending

Few specifics were revealed, but the trend is clearly toward tech and away from troops.

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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.

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.

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.