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U.S. Digital Service might get 10-year lease on life

Proposed legislation would authorize USDS for a decade, but it will take some heavy lifting to push the bill through before the next president is elected.

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Build or buy? Census chooses both

The Census Bureau is planning a hybrid approach to its data collection for 2020 and beyond.

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Proposed new HHS CISO role prioritizes security

A bill would elevate the Department of Health and Human Services CISO to be on a par with the CIO. Some in Congress think the move would eliminate a conflict of interest.

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Sandia Labs management contract officially up for grabs

Multiple proposals are expected for the contract to run the Sandia National Laboratories starting in mid-2017.

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LaVerne Council drills in on her to-do list

The VA CIO sat down with FCW to discuss her agency’s reform efforts, new initiatives and relationship with Congress.

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Email privacy legislation stalls in Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding off on further action on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, as members are divided on warrant standards for email intercepts.

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Hackathon, policy moves designed to apply tech to foster care programs

The White House launched a two-day hackathon to develop better data tools for foster care providers and social workers and announced a host of policy initiatives to back up the effort.

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Army readies new cyber directorate

Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost, former deputy director of Army Cyber Command, will lead the new directorate. The Army hopes to ramp up the directorate quickly, reaching full operational capability this summer.

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Obama's cyber 'state of emergency' yields no quick sanctions

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew wrote to Congress in the fall that no adversaries had been targeted under new cyber sanctioning powers.

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Hardware first up in NGEN re-compete

Navy officials are interested in carving out a separate contract for hardware-as-a-service in the re-compete of the Next Generation Enterprise Network.

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IG: OPM still lacking in planning for IT overhaul

The report is the latest in a series of scathing assessments of the Office of Personnel Management's IT practices from the agency's inspector general.

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Is Social Security concealing IT risk?

The agency charged with maintaining some of the nation's most sensitive information is vulnerable because of its antiquated IT, and lawmakers say its leaders are downplaying the danger and sidestepping their inspector general.

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