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OMB developing cyber guidance for contractors

New guidelines will be aimed at bolstering contractor cybersecurity in the wake of breaches that originated with vendors.

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PSC takes on OPM, FBI lags on info sharing, Joint Chiefs' email crashes and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Buy or build? For IT, it's custom vs. COTS

It's a timeless question — and the answer might not be as clear-cut as agencies think.

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Army issues guidance for commercial cloud migration

The guidance stipulates that commands bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring that systems and applications within their portfolios are rationalized.

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CRS scrutinizes the OPM breach

A new report serves as a useful backgrounder for anyone looking for a quick yet detailed review of the circumstances surrounding the breach.

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DOD awards massive health records contract

Leidos, Accenture and Cerner pull off an unexpected win of the multi-billion-dollar Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, beating out the presumptive health-records leader.

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Rules for the IoT: 'Only what's necessary and no more'

Industry advocates urge Congress to establish national standards for the Internet of Things, but not to use a heavy hand while doing so.

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ITA official tracks data for cyber insights

The proliferation of data at DOD, via mobile devices and other means, has enlarged the "attack surface" and rendered perimeter-focused defense virtually obsolete.

Einstein approved, GSA nominees move forward and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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ACT-IAC looks to 'dramatically improve' federal cybersecurity

The public-private group is surveying academia, industry and others, and will report its findings to federal CIO Tony Scott by the end of September.

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Data Act implementation hung up on definitions

Words, rather than numbers, are proving key to bringing all federal agencies together in the push for financial transparency.

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Linking laws through open data

Open data holds the promise of connecting legislation in new ways, bringing federal, state and local laws together and automating compliance. But teaching machines to read law –- or lawmakers to read machines -- is no simple task.

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