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Budget passes Senate

The bill reduces the impact of the sequester but will force lawmakers to agree on specific spending cuts.

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Senate confirms new DHS secretary

Former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson won Senate approval on a 78-16 vote.

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Defense bill leaves IT management in limbo

Some of the legislative proposals are in conflict with reorganization plans unveiled earlier this month by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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House bill would compensate agencies for giving up spectrum

The idea is to create an incentive for agencies to relinquish spectrum as part of a plan to free up 500 megahertz for commercial use by 2020.

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New cyber bill builds on DHS efforts

The measure targets critical infrastructure protection while providing no new regulatory authority for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Trade groups seek relief from China-sourcing rules

A coalition of industry groups is asking lawmakers to keep supply-chain restrictions out of upcoming funding bills.

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FITARA axed from defense bill

A revised version of the Pentagon policy bill could be considered in the House this week, but IT acquisition reform will have to wait until at least 2014.

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Budget deal would avert threat of January shutdown

The final deal calls for $1 trillion in spending for fiscal 2014, reduces sequestration cuts, adds money for defense and domestic programs, and requires newly hired federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans.

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Sebelius orders probe of website contracting

The HHS secretary is also calling for the creation of a chief risk officer position at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tasked with reducing risks associated with major policy initiatives.

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Leading tech firms seek stronger surveillance rules

Open letter urges Congress and the president to ensure U.S. surveillance efforts are "restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."

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IG dings DHS on internal cybersecurity

A Republican critic claims gaps in the department's defenses "would be obvious to a 13-year-old with a laptop."

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IT management reform: It is time for new legislation

Legislation alone will not fix federal IT management, Richard Spires argues, but there are fundamental problems that a new statute can help address.