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Drone pilot training, DISA's big cyber contract, fed feedback, USASpending.gov and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Lawmakers, experts wrestle with data protection bill

Hackers will hack. Can Congress help protect Americans' personal information? And should states be pushed aside in the interest of uniformity?

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ITIF: Congress needs to support federal data policy

The authors of a new report have a slate of 11 recommendations for Congress to modernize its data posture.

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Open Internet controversy could imperil FCC IT modernization

In aiming to curtail any "net neutrality" proposals, appropriators might nick the agency's IT spending.

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Spy gadgets, transparency and 800 monkeys

Robert Litt, general counsel for the ODNI, argues that Congress and the courts have a say on intelligence policy, but not on the tech used to implement it.

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NSA surveillance and an HHS nomination

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Congress weighs in on DHS social media outreach

A House-passed bill approved May 6 by a Senate panel would expand the scope of Homeland Security's Social Media Working Group.

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Senators look for answers on FOIA reform, Clinton emails

Legislation can accomplish only so much when up against "an instinct of secrecy," says Sen. Chuck Grassley.

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NIST director, Army training and connecting the grid

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Council makes her case to take over tech at VA

LaVerne H. Council outlined her leadership style and plans to manage the VA's $4.2 billion in annual tech spending.

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Thune seeks answers on White House cyber breach

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee wants to know if any personal or policy information was stolen.

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NASA plays show-and-tell on the Hill

America's space agency took to Capitol Hill to show lawmakers the tech advances taxpayers' dollars are buying -- and how they could help humans reach Mars.

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