House passes DOD IT cuts

The House last week passed a bill that would cut the Defense Department's information technology budget by $320 million. The Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, has passed a spending bill that largely mirrors the Bush administration's request.

Security forms go online

The Office of Personnel Management last week announced the launch of a new online procedure designed to bring a welcome change to the process of completing security clearance forms. Standard Forms 86 (SF-86) and 86C (SF-86C) are available online for the first time.

Senate delays CAPPS funding

Senate appropriators unanimously approved a $29.3 billion spending bill July 10 for the Homeland Security Department, but delayed funding for a controversial airline passenger-profiling system until it is studied.

Rule limits anti-terror liability

DHS issued a proposed rule last week that would limit the liability for companies providing anti-terrorism technologies to the federal government.

GSA to lower industry fee

Vendors will pay less to sell products and services through the General Services Administration schedule contracts system.

Feds lack bioterror training

The government is unable to deal with a bioterrorism attack because workers have not been adequately trained, a new report says.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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