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What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

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Lawmakers seek intel on surveillance of Americans

Lawmakers are demanding that the director of national intelligence release an estimate of the number of Americans who have been incidentally tracked during foreign surveillance under FISA Section 702.

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Chiefs: DOD cyber will suffer under a continuing resolution

In the DOD, cyber, modernization, training, recruiting and readiness will all take a hit if Congress passes another continuing resolution rather than a full budget, say the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Information sharing is complicated, even inside government

Sharing cybersecurity threat information among federal law enforcement agencies generates tension, but that's not a bad thing, say FBI, DOJ and DHS cyber officials.

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Congress looks to free up federal spectrum

Lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to entice federal agencies away from spectrum holdings to free it up for commercial use.

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Lawmakers look to block border data searches

A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen have introduced legislation to protect Americans from having their digital devices searched by border officials without a warrant.

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White House says it is keeping deleted presidential tweets

The archivist of the United States reported that the White House plans to save deleted tweets, but notes that the president is the ultimate arbiter of what is and isn't a presidential record.

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Doing less with less

Tech modernization is a pressing need for agencies government-wide, but in times of budget cuts and uncertainty, plans to upgrade legacy IT tend to be among the first projects taken of the table.

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Hurd ramps up call for cyber national guard

Congressional watchdogs, as well as industry members and feds, called for a cyber national guard, pooled hiring and reforming educational outreach to address the IT skills shortage.

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Old films of nuke tests offer new data today

Digitized Cold War-era films of atmospheric nuclear tests are helping recalibrate data for modern analytics.

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General: Cyber Command needs new platform before NSA split

U.S. Cyber Command should be elevated to a full combatant command as soon as possible, the head of Strategic Command told Congress, but it cannot be separated from the NSA until it has its own cyber platform.

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Why Trump should dump spreadsheets

Many agencies still create multi-billion-dollar budgets in Excel spreadsheets, making it difficult to avoid the exact kind of waste the Office of Management and Budget wants to eliminate.

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