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Digital fellowship program is back and growing for 2018

Building off last year's successful debut, the student-initiated Civic Digital Fellowship is back at more agencies, with more fellowship slots.

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GSA kicks off e-commerce portal effort

The federal acquisition agency held its first listening meeting with e-commerce providers as it begins planning its own ecommerce portal for federal buyers.

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OMB Deputy director of management nominee clears committee

If confirmed by the full Senate, Margaret Weichert will have a hand in several major technology and workforce issues, including IT modernization, supervising the federal CIO and serving as the point person for federal agency reorganization.

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OCIO gets a seat at the table on DOD's cloud team

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has been replaced as the chair of the group overseeing the massive cloud initiative known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure.

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States can keep options open on FirstNet

Even though all 50 states have opted into FirstNet's and AT&T's plans for a nationwide wireless first responders' network, Verizon reminds them they're not obligated.

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CBP revises rules for device searches at the border

New guidelines prevent law enforcement from trying to hack phones or access content on the cloud without "reasonable suspicion."

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Why the telecom transition makes it a good time for UC

The transition to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract should have feds thinking about unified communications in the cloud.

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OPM extends pay freeze for senior ranks

The Office of Personnel Management is extending a pay freeze for senior political officials — at least until Congress passes appropriations legislation.

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Why making the White House a no-phone zone makes sense

A new policy to eliminate personal devices from the West Wing may be aimed at plugging leaks, but it could prove a smart move when it comes to security.

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Can federal purchasing power counteract botnets?

New guidance required under the cybersecurity EO suggests that government purchasing power could induce tech manufacturers, especially in the emerging IoT space, to market more secure devices.

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Feds face limited options for Meltdown, Spectre bugs

Patches can mitigate some of the vulnerabilities found in virtually every processor, but a DHS spokesperson said decisions on hardware replacement will be left up to individual agencies and CIOs.

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Shared services: Getting past the sticking points

The push for shared services is revealing a host of challenges related to agencies’ core missions and government’s relationship with industry.

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