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Does TWIC really work?

Senators grill port security experts on whether the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program is worth the time and money.

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Senate panel OKs $51 billion for Commerce, Justice, Science

An early look shows broad agreement between House and Senate appropriators, but some battles still loom over the details of tech policy.

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FITARA in play in House defense bill

The House is revisiting IT reform as part of the annual Pentagon policy measure, but it's not clear if the Senate will play ball.

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Senate panel approves DHS cyber hiring measure

The bill is aimed at giving the Department of Homeland Security more flexibility in hiring cybersecurity specialists.

News and notes from day 2 at FOSE

Highlights from the second day of the FOSE conference.

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GAO nudges DHS on high-risk areas

A new report both commends and jabs DHS for its work on IT acquisition and management.

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Defense authorization bill boosts cybersecurity

A House panel’s version of the annual defense policy measure would authorize increased cyber funding and require the administration to report back to Congress on a range of IT-related issues.

OMB offers advice for fiscal 2016

The White House wants agencies to look for ways to cut discretionary spending, in part to pay for the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative the president unveiled in March.

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House rejects attempt to revive OTA

The Office of Technology Assessment has been unfunded for the better part of 20 years.

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House seeks details on VA's health record push

Three-fourths of agency's IT funding would be contingent on Congress getting a granular explanation of the plan for VistA.

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Pentagon ponders making IT subject to same rules as weapons

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall and Sen. Joe Donnelly used an Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss the possibility of using the same cost guidelines for IT and weapons systems.

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Coping with Congress

Lawmakers have given agencies long-term funding clarity for the first time in years. But the lack of budget drama could open the door to other conflicts.