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Hill watchdogs warn on shortcomings in VA's claims system

The Veterans Benefits Management System has improved responses to compensation claims, but government watchdogs are questioning the VA's claims of improvement, as well as overall agency management.

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State steps up counter-terrorism digital initiatives

The State Department announced a director to lead the new Global Engagement Center, which will help allies using social media campaigns in countering terrorist group messaging.

White House joins Snapchat

The most social media-savvy U.S. president in history joined video messenger app Snapchat, but is not yet down with Peach.

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GOP report slams the whole government on FOIA

A new report highlights how onerous the process of obtaining government documents has become, despite the advent of electronic records.

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House panel to move on IT, workforce measures

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to mark up new legislation on IT security, personnel and contracting.

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Exclusive: What DHS and the FBI learned from the OPM breach

"Convenience and accessibility has been prioritized over critical security practices," at OPM, according to a Dec. 23 alert distributed to cleared contractors by the Defense Security Service on behalf of DHS and the FBI.

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The monumental IT opportunity of the 2020 census

The Census Bureau faces some significant challenges, but recent technology advancements can make its job much easier.

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GSA pushes deadline on $50 billion telecom contract

The General Services Administration is giving potential bidders on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract another three weeks to submit bids.

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Lab reduces false radiation alarms at ports

Fine-tuning cargo radiation-detection gear to rule out red herrings saves money and time, according to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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DHS has more to do after cyber sprint, says watchdog

Despite strong remediation efforts, security risks remain in DHS information systems, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general.

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Census Bureau misses self-imposed deadline as it implements security fixes

Years-old GAO actions remain unclosed, as the Census Bureau girds itself for 2020.

Getting back on the $3,500-or-less horse

18F is retrying the micro-purchase reverse auction format that netted a $1 code project last year, though the outfit plans to shake things up eventually.

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