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$500M IT modernization plan passes Senate in defense bill

A bill to help agencies modernize legacy systems and move to the cloud passed the Senate as part of the $700 billion defense bill.

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GSA elevates Davie, makes changes at 18F

Longtime IT procurement specialist Mary Davie is now deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, while 18F Acting Executive Director Dave Zvenyach becomes acting assistant commissioner for the FAS Office of Systems Management.

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Census dinged by IG for canvassing error rate

A recent Department of Commerce inspector general report raises questions about the quality control procedures for an in-office component of the Census Bureau's address canvassing operation.

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FAA greenlights drone use in Irma recovery

Hurricane Irma generated a wave of drone authorizations at FAA as recovery work ramped up in Florida.

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White House's IT policy deadline looms

Administration will collect comments on a draft plan to rethink federal IT through Sept. 20, leading to a final report and a year-long flurry of activity to consolidate networks and develop new cloud policy.

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Trio of DARPA procurements plan for 'post-Moore's Law' world

The Pentagon's R&D shop is looking to solve the impending slowdown in global computing power by working with industry to develop the next generation of computer chip technologies.

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Fate of MGT unclear as Senate revs up to pass NDAA

The Senate will likely vote on the must-pass defense spending bill Monday, but the long-sought modernization fund could end up on the cutting room floor.

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Border agencies test hand-launched drones

CBP and the Border Patrol plan tests of three varieties of small drone aircraft along U.S. borders in the coming weeks, with an eye toward a larger acquisition of the portable vehicles.

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Vets.gov offers new login security for users

The Department of Veterans Affairs is authenticating users at Vets.gov via a new commercial standard as it seeks to transform the way vets access their services.

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OMB names Zielinski as IT category manager

Onetime SSA CIO Bill Zielinski was just tapped to lead the governmentwide effort to pay less for IT.

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Mnuchin: Commercial sector should solve digital ID

The federal government can help the private sector develop secure identity technologies, but it shouldn't pick tech winners and losers, according to the Treasury secretary.

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Census delays field IT contract award

As key field tests for the 2020 enumeration approaches, the Census Bureau announced it was going to be later than expected with a key contract award on field IT.

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