Rep. Darrell Issa, with support from a prominent Democrat, continues to push legislation to update the 1996 law that tackled government IT acquisition and management and created the CIO position.
Experts suggest that education will be critical for new legislators -- and for many of their more-experienced colleagues as well.
Demand Based Model "demonstrates a lack of understanding of how small businesses operate," Rep. Graves suggests.
Insiders say the spotlight could make compromise harder. "I think the fact that you're not hearing any details is good," one senator said.
Representatives-elect Daines, Foster, DelBene and Salmon could be the techie caucus of the House freshman class.
The Defense Department spends money on making beef jerky, analyzing Twitter users and developing fun iPhone apps, senator charges.
Officials say legislation is still necessary to fully address cyber threats, but the failure of Congress to pass a bill in its lame-duck session makes White House action more likely.
Senator who led the charge for legislation to expand protections for employees who report waste, fraud and abuse sees it pass on the eve of his retirement.
The heat is on lawmakers to take action on cybersecurity, and federal officials such as Gen. Keith Alexander warn that keeping cyber policy on ice amid political wrangling will continue to be a costly gamble.
With uncertainty about the presidency settled, attention turns again to the chances of legislation or an executive order to address cyber threats.
Congress may benefit from executive-branch experience coming with some of the incoming freshmen.
The effects of sequestration could be mitigated if the president and Congress continue trying to repeal it next year, but it would be a gamble, analysis suggests.