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White House joins Snapchat

The most social media-savvy U.S. president in history joined video messenger app Snapchat, but is not yet down with Peach.

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The monumental IT opportunity of the 2020 census

The Census Bureau faces some significant challenges, but recent technology advancements can make its job much easier.

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Exclusive: What DHS and the FBI learned from the OPM breach

"Convenience and accessibility has been prioritized over critical security practices," at OPM, according to a Dec. 23 alert distributed to cleared contractors by the Defense Security Service on behalf of DHS and the FBI.

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GSA pushes deadline on $50 billion telecom contract

The General Services Administration is giving potential bidders on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract another three weeks to submit bids.

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Lab reduces false radiation alarms at ports

Fine-tuning cargo radiation-detection gear to rule out red herrings saves money and time, according to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Funding still an issue when it comes to cybersecurity

Industry experts push for more funding for federal cybersecurity and urge agencies to follow the private sector's lead in this area.

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DHS has more to do after cyber sprint, says watchdog

Despite strong remediation efforts, security risks remain in DHS information systems, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general.

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Census Bureau misses self-imposed deadline as it implements security fixes

Years-old GAO actions remain unclosed, as the Census Bureau girds itself for 2020.

Getting back on the $3,500-or-less horse

18F is retrying the micro-purchase reverse auction format that netted a $1 code project last year, though the outfit plans to shake things up eventually.

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FTC: Existing consumer laws govern big data

In a long-promised report, the Federal Trade Commission indicates that it will use its existing regulatory playbook to target firms that use big data to discriminate against consumers.

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Wish they all could be... (Part II)

How can the innovation culture of Silicon Valley help government technology? Two experts count the ways.

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Could an IRS tech push leave taxpayers feeling abandoned?

The IRS has an ambitious plan for customer service, but will taxpayers be able to access live human help?

FCW in Print

Check out the digital edition of FCW magazine -- the federal IT community's premier publication.

In this issue: Tony Scott's busy year ahead, Rising Star profiles and more.

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