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Email privacy update stalls in Senate

A move to update a 1986 law covering law enforcement access to email is frozen in the Senate over a security amendment dubbed a "poison pill" by the bill's sponsor.

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Computer buying events look to leverage government scale

OMB is planning deals on laptops and desktops via its strategic sourcing program.

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For feds, the real-life perils of social media

The State Department trains its workers to avoid social media fails that could potentially be fatal.

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White House threatens to veto Senate NDAA

The White House has threatened to veto the Senate version of the annual defense policy bill, citing opposition to key provisions on acquisition and cybersecurity policy, among a litany of other objections.

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Watchdog warns on 18F's finances

Despite having plenty of satisfied customers, the government startup is losing millions of dollars each year.

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Census says tech overhaul is on schedule

Watchdogs are worried the Census Bureau won't be able to successfully juggle 2020 plans and an ambitious tech overhaul.

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U.S. poised to offload control of critical internet function

The U.S. is ready to accept a proposal to transfer control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, but the plan faces opposition in Congress.

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FBI bullish on enterprise services

"It's a major change internally within the FBI [in] how we buy stuff," FBI Chief Acquisition Officer Paul Courtney said.

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Ransomware epidemic prompting firms to rethink information sharing

The surge in ransomware attacks could have the unintended effect of getting reticent companies to share cyber threat indicators with government.

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U.S.-EU data deal won't end cross-border data uncertainty

A final endorsement from the European Commission is likely this summer, but despite American clarifications, Europeans are likely to keep challenging U.S. data practices.

Can government get digital services to stick?

What top digital leaders say is needed for true transformation.

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Flawed data complicates criminal justice AI

A White House effort is looking to eradicate biases from crime data, to make it more useful in machine-learning applications.

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In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

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