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New study could help bio-threat response

The goal is to be able to predict outcomes from terrorist incidents involving anthrax.

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Small business contracts: Digging into agencies' performance

The percentage of contracts going to small businesses varies widely from agency to agency -- and the patterns for specific small-business types are even more interesting.

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As secretary, Clinton turned to top aides for tech support

Rather than seeking assistance from the State Department help desk, she emailed senior aides for assistance.

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e-QIP fallout and more phishing schemes

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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VA mobile apps link into the Vista health record

The VA is moving forward with a suite of apps for patients and providers that feature live connections into VA health records.

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Halvorsen's Silicon Valley trip shakes up JRSS

An RFP for Joint Regional Security Stacks software will ask vendors to incorporate big-data analytics capabilities that DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen observed firsthand in Silicon Valley.

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GSA ponders partnership with DISA on telecom

GSA is including a clause in the EIS contract to bring it in line with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation System.

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Warren: Cyber won't suffer in VA budget crunch

Acting VA tech head Steph Warren says malware attempts are trending down from a peak in March, a result of the wider use of Einstein 3.

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NASA still a great place to be a boss

The Department of Labor experienced the most improvement in a survey of Senior Executive Service satisfaction, while Defense and Veterans Affairs continued to lag the field.

18F delays RFQ again, DOD wants cloud, White House FISMA compliance and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Should FedRAMP be the standard for all public sector?

Conversations with Canada, U.S. states are ongoing about how to leverage the federal cloud security framework.

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OPM yanks background check system offline

Weeks after first disclosing massive breaches, OPM has shuttered a vital background check system.

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