18F hacked procurement and got code for $1

GSA's in-house startup tried a reverse auction micro-purchase approach to buying code, and it turned out one techie was willing to work for far cheaper than anyone had imagined.

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Hashing out standards for information sharing

DHS and industry officials meet to begin drafting ground rules for Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations.

President Barack Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing from Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, in the Oval Office, Jan. 31, 2012. Part of the briefing was done using a tablet computer. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama on Facebook, DHS form woes and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Shared services need a clearer road map

The administration's new governance structure is a solid first step, but legislation is still necessary, writes Shared Services Leadership Coalition CEO John Marshall.

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VA chief touts interoperability

The key to improving veterans' health care is electronic health records that are interoperable among VA, DOD and the private sector, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

As GSA's Acquisition Gateway grows, contractors could gain access

The General Services Administration's Acquisition Gateway just turned a year old and has 17 product categories to peruse -- but for now, only if you're a federal employee.

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Pentagon releases cyber acquisition guidance

DOD's acquisition office released guidance late last month for program managers to better address cybersecurity risk during the acquisition process.

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NIST demystifies whitelisting, Pelosi leads trip to China and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Cyber official: IT rulebook revamp overdue, but not agile enough

DHS’ Gregory Touhill says an update to the government's 15-year-old document governing IT is a good thing, but feds still lag when it comes to getting and using the cybersecurity tools they need.

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IT basically unscathed in revised NDAA

The $5 billion in cuts to a defense policy bill under a budget deal between the White House and Congress would affect only a smattering of IT programs.


CSC, Netcracker fined for using uncleared coders in classified DISA work

Russian programmers worked on classified military communications code, according to a whistleblower complaint.

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DOD official: Don't recklessly give away spectrum

Feds must be prepared for even more urgent commercial demands for precious wireless spectrum, according to a top Pentagon IT official.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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