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DOE data center deal still at impasse

Legislators seek answers as it becomes unclear whether OMB or the Energy Department itself is holding up the department's energy-saving contract.

Rep. Darrell Issa

Industry nervous about SUSPEND Act

Bill to centralize the process for suspending or debarring contractors unneeded, could create new problems, critics warn.

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FITARA: Son of Clinger-Cohen?

The latest attempt at IT reform echoes the IT Management Reform Act, better known as Clinger-Cohen...so watch OMB’s reaction carefully.

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Senate signals piecemeal approach on cybersecurity

A bipartisan Commerce Committee draft looks for common ground on critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity research and training.

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DOD, VA officials defend progress in rare joint hearing

Lawmakers remain skeptical of agencies' work on shared electronic health records.

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China-sourcing rules for IT reappear in appropriations

House appropriators are looking to continue restrictions on sourcing IT products made by companies with links to the Chinese government.

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Legislation would cut feds' travel expenses with videoconferencing

Congressman urges all of government to learn from certain agencies' recent success stories.

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Senate bill would increase oversight of clearance process

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to increase the power of OPM's IG to probe suspect security clearance operatives and contractors.

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Hagel warns senators of 2014 budget dangers

Defense secretary says Pentagon, private sector alike would suffer if sequester cuts are not reversed.

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House panel tries shame strategy on VA

Frustrated with unfulfilled requests for information, Veterans Affairs Committee creates a website to list them.

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Twitter for disaster responders

FEMA tells Congress how the agency is building social media into response planning.

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Deconstructing the contractor compensation debate

Agencies have been reimbursing companies for executive compensation since the Clinton administration. What started as an effort to persuade contractors to stick with the federal market during a time of private-sector economic boom has continued and the cap on the amount paid has risen inexorably, leading to an increasingly loud clamor for reform.