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$3 billion worth of IT is about to kick the bucket

Federal CIO Tony Scott is again warning that the government faces a crisis of outmoded IT.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator, CMS

Medicare chief wants health record vendors to ease access

The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put EHR vendors on notice that they had to do more to improve data interoperability.

DOD Common Access Cards

DOD IT is killing CACs

Pentagon CIO Terry Halvorsen plans to eliminate Common Access Cards from IT systems within two years, while moving to a mix of better authentication methods.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Gardner, Warner launch Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

The founders of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus seek to educate lawmakers on one of the most bedeviling policy challenges of the day.

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Social Security looks to scrap 30 years of code

The SSA CIO is hoping a new funding vehicle will allow his to scrap his entire existing code base and re-write a better system – if overseers will only trust him.

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GSA to break out cyber services in Schedule 70

The administration wants to change how agencies buy cybersecurity services as part of a $19 billion plan to tighten federal information security.

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DNC breach raises questions on IT resources at political HQs

The latest hack of a national political organization raises questions as to how much the RNC and DNC have invested in cybersecurity and what a reasonable amount would be.

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Committee advances bill to expand NPPD as cybersecurity agency

A House panel is backing a bid to rebrand and expand the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security as a separate agency.

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To hack ISIS, Pentagon learns from 2007 surge in Iraq

There is a precedent to U.S. Cyber Command’s hacking of Islamic State, but it took place nearly 10 years ago, and technologies have rapidly evolved since.

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IRS crowdsources the future look for tax accounts online

After its first-ever crowdsourcing push, the IRS came away with four winning designs to guide its future taxpayer dashboard work.

Facial recognition

CBP tests facial recognition tech at major U.S. airport

Customs and Border Protection takes another step towards a biometric exit system for air travelers.

North Korean hackers steal F-15 design

The alleged cyberattack on South Korean firms is the latest in a series of bold cyber maneuvers linked to North Korea.

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