Policy


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IT lobby optimistic about defense bill

Some acquisition provisions in the defense authorization measure have pleased the IT Industry Council’s public sector arm.

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IRS breach highlights weakness of ‘knowledge-based’ security

By answering personal questions, hackers were able to access information for 100,000 taxpayers, revealing how vulnerable the IRS authentication system really is.

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New email records policy takes shape

A presidential directive requires agencies to manage email records in electronic form by the end of 2016, and the National Archives' plan to hit the goal is almost in final form.

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Procurement prize, NARA guidance, IRS system hacked and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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BLS on CPI: I'm old fashioned, but I don't mind it

One of economics' most important numbers depends on data collected by hand – data that's largely already online, posted freely by merchants and their customers.

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FBI delayed privacy protection rules for Section 215 data, says IG

An IG report asserts that it should not "have taken 7 years … to develop minimization procedures" to protect the privacy of data.

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Counting mobile, robot gap, rural tech and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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DOD needs a change in acquisition culture

The Pentagon needs a modern, agile acquisition process that can get technology into the field faster — and industry should take the lead.

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House panel moves drone, FOIA, IT dupe bills

One of the measures would require DHS to assess and report on duplication of information technology.

MyUSA again, Deltek's GovCon study and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Comey: Industry letter on encryption is 'depressing'

The FBI director said a head-on collision is coming between privacy and public safety.

Kathy Conrad, Martha Dorris, and Darlene Meskell of GSA.

GSA's Dorris honored, Ambrose moves to VA and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

The 2015 Federal 100

Meet 100 women and men who are doing great things in federal IT.