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Is IRS dropping the risk assessment ball?

The nation's tax data hasn't been hacked directly, but watchdogs say the IRS made "the wrong call" on risk assessments, which led to data leaking out the front door.

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Making the most of your power user

Informal experts can be an agency's best resource for critical data calls -- but only if the relationship is properly managed.

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GSA builds hub for agency citizen science projects

The General Services Administration's new CitizenScience.gov site aims to make it easier for the American public to volunteer to help address critical issues.

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'Toxic' data threatens agencies

Data can get stale and make government more vulnerable to hacks. On the other hand, agencies must meet Freedom of Information Act requirements for preserving information.

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House panel rips VA leadership on scheduling software pause

VA officials were grilled by lawmakers on a pause in the acquisition of a scheduling system and a possible rethink of the agency's homegrown electronic health record.

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New bill makes the public owners of government data

In a bipartisan push, lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make federal data open and publicly available by default.

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Some agencies will miss 2016 email management deadline

Although most agencies are on track to meet a presidential directive to archive email records electronically, a few will need more time.

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House bill looks to bank software savings

A new bill would require agency CIOs to inventory software licenses and report on savings and cost avoidance from improved acquisition strategies.

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Obama’s cyber commission looks to next administration and beyond

The group's recommendations should be a "down payment for the next administration," Lisa Monaco, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, told the inaugural meeting of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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DHS considers flexible hiring paths for cyber talent

Homeland Security IT managers want more flexible hiring that will allow it to develop a more robust cybersecurity and IT workforce.

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House panel advances Email Privacy Act

The act would update a 30-year-old law to require the government to use a warrant to force tech firms to turn over their customers' stored electronic communications.

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OPM wants to fold deep web, social media into background checks

As a new security clearance agency develops, OPM's background checkers are seeking automated tools to review a variety of web-accessible information sources.

Who are the Rising Stars?

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

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