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Will new IRS security features lock out legit users?

The national taxpayer advocate says the IRS will soon quietly roll out upgrades that could dramatically boost online security but lock out legitimate users as a result.

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Pentagon bounty program reveals 90 bugs

The high-profile and unprecedented program is uncovering vulnerabilities in Defense Department websites, and other federal agencies are taking notice.

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OPM: Contractor's departure will not affect operations

Imperatis had been awarded a crucial contract to carry out the Shell modernization project for OPM. The firm has quit due to "financial distress," according to OPM.

Margie Graves

CFOs, CIOs learning the new lingo of efficient IT

Year-old FITARA rules are forging a new language between CIOs and CFOs.

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Federal background checks could soon factor in social media

After years of planning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence approved the incorporation of public social media feeds in security clearance investigations -- a move that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Beth Cobert, OPM, official

OPM's sensitive data on feds still not encrypted

More than a year after the hack of federal personnel systems was revealed, the Office of Personnel Management is still unable to encrypt personal data on 4 million federal employees.

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Should airlines pay to get FAA tech past the 1990s?

The nation's air traffic control system is in dire need of stable funding. Is taking the checkbook away from Congress the answer?

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FDA plans major IT refresh

The Food and Drug Administration is focusing on cloud and mobility in a coming technology overhaul.

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Watchdog: 18F's Slack security exposed GSA data

GSA's innovation shop 18F enabled unauthorized data access by linking Slack and Google Drives with an open login standard, according to an inspector general alert.

ODNI General Counsel Robert S. Litt, shown here testifying before the House Judiciary Committee July 17, 2013. Image captured from video feed.

New details on IC's insider threat patrol

Robert Litt, ODNI's top laywer, told a closed Senate hearing in 2012 about how intelligence agencies use data and computer systems to uncover potential insider threats.

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Bill would require White House policy on cyberwar

Two senators have introduced legislation that would require the administration to create a policy for when a cyberattack crosses the boundary from a crime or nuisance to qualify as an act of war.

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Embracing agile at the border

DHS components are discovering that transformation is best tackled one step at a time.

Who are the Rising Stars?

Nominations for the 2016 Rising Star awards are now being accepted.

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