The Hill


Edward Snowden

Justice Department sues security clearance firm

Among the background checks performed by USIS were those on intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

David Walker

Initiative aims to find and fix federal inefficiencies

Legislation would create a Government Transformation Board empowered to impose its will on recalcitrant agencies.

Margie Graves

A surprise turn in the spotlight

Margie Graves has been a behind-the-scenes force for DHS since 2003. Last year, however, brought newfound visibility -- not all of it welcome.

Sen. Tom Coburn

Coburn to cut short his Senate term

The Oklahoma Republican and federal spending critic says he will retire in early 2015.

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Questions linger about launch security of HealthCare.gov

Republicans and Democrats are creating a lot of smoke in Hill hearings about the troubled website, and experts are not adding much clarity to the fire.

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Cyber Command, network defenses bolstered in spending bill

Spending on cybersecurity will be dramatically higher in 2014 -- and so will reporting requirements for the agencies getting the money.

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Security-check oversight measure clears House

The Senate could soon send the bill, intended to tighten investigations of contractors and federal employees, to the White House for President Obama's signature.

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VA still dragging feet in answering congressional inquiries

Veterans Affairs has not fully responded to questions from Congress about data breaches dating back almost two years.

DHS St. Elizabeth

Telework, IT could aid in 'major reassessment' of DHS HQ consolidation

Congressional report finds department has not factored tech advances into its space needs at St. Elizabeth's campus.

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Hill turnover will affect federal IT community

Term limits and retirements will alter the lineup of committee chairs with jurisdiction over federal IT policy.

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House passes bill to inform users of HealthCare.gov breaches

Supporters say the bill would protect individuals' personal information while opponents say the goal is to discourage people from using the site.

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Short-term stopgap could be needed to keep government open

Legislators say they will likely miss the Jan. 15 deadline for a new appropriations package by at least a few days.