Why the $300 million software project needs to go extinct

Private-sector innovation could send massive, failure-prone projects the way of the dinosaur if federal agencies are willing and able to seize the opportunity, says one leading CIO.

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Justice seeking access to encrypted communications

Law enforcement agencies remain concerned that strong encryption of everyday electronic communications is hampering criminal investigations and prosecutions, a top Justice official said.

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Army to test crucial software tools

The new tools will help soldiers configure and defend the global Warfighter Information Network-Tactical.

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Nuclear response teams get a lighter load

The federal agency that responds to radiological incidents around the country doesn't have as much communications gear to lug around these days.


New contracting rule targets confidentiality agreements

A proposed change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation would eliminate confidentialy agreements that could potentially stifle whistleblowers.

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Pentagon delays cyber contracting requirements

The two-year delay will give contractors time to adapt to a shifting landscape in cybersecurity requirements that has been characterized as a maze of piecemeal regulations.

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GSA mulls one-stop shop for cloud

GSA is listening to vendors in establishing a comprehensive IDIQ contract for agencies to acquire cloud services.

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White House announces new agency to handle federal background checks

OPM will house the new National Background Investigations Bureau, but the new agency's IT and cybersecurity work will be handled by the Defense Department.

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OPM adds new cyber education program for feds and families

The federal government is looking to fill its own cybersecurity needs by offering discounted online degree programs.

E-Verify goes mobile

DHS and Citizenship and Immigration Services are set to test a mobile app for private-sector employee citizenship checks.

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VA chief lays out 2016 priorities, including IT improvements

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald touted IT achievements in 2015 and laid out 12 priorities for 2016 in an appearance before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Rogers: Cyber Command capabilities at 'tipping point'

The Pentagon's cyber mission force is developing more "tangible" capabilities "that you will see us start to apply in a broader and broader way," said Adm. Michael Rogers, head of NSA and Cyber Command.

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