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DOD risks 'rogue' apps under current IoT policy

A new GAO report called for the DOD to strengthen its policies and guidance for connected devices.

Lawmakers seek answers on agencies' use of Kaspersky tech

A House committee is asking federal agencies to turn over any records related to their use of software from a company suspected of having ties to the Kremlin.

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Why OMB needs to lead on reducing federal SSN use

The government's effort to reduce its reliance on social security numbers lacks central guidance, according to a recent oversight report.

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Federal acquisition shops shouldn't wait for direction

Three questions federal acquisition offices must answer after OMB Memo 17-22.

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NDAA could expand funding for student startup program

The Hacking for Defense initiative, which could be funded by the FY 18 defense bill, taps undergraduate teams to help solve DOD issues.

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OMB mandates hallway for packages

Federal agencies must use the best-in-class contract on GSA's acquisition gateway for package delivery services as OMB presses forward on category management efforts.

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Bill calls for a smart wall

New legislation by Texas Rep. Will Hurd would require DHS to assess technology options and develop a comprehensive plan for the border wall.

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Oak Ridge licenses its quantum encryption method

A commercial firm hopes to use the technique to help the energy sector protect power-grid data from cyberattacks.

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18F seeks to streamline ATO process

Innovation group 18F has launched an interagency project aimed at reducing the time and red tape in the security compliance process for commercial products.

NPPD reorg bill moves on to full House

A bill that would restructure the Department of Homeland Security's cyber and infrastructure protection operations passed out of committee with ease.

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Vendors: Don’t step back from FLASH

An unusual letter from would-be winners of DHS' cancelled FLASH contract encouraged the agency to move forward with other innovative procurement efforts.

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Re-evaluating the need for 'I' in IoT

A "network of things" might be a better way to describe and categorize elements of connected-device environments.

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