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Farmers and allies seek looser drone rules from Congress

After hearing testimony from the farm data industry, lawmakers might push the FAA to relax line-of-sight rules for drone operators.

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Government projects are not agile enough

A leading proponent of Scrum argues that even partial adoption will pay dividends.

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Smartphones and video apps powered House Dems' gun control sit-in

House Democrats used social media, personal tech and congressional Wi-Fi to disrupt and bypass the majority's authority, raising the question of how to enforce 18th-century rules of decorum in the Information Age.

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FAA releases long-awaited drone rules

New rules pave the way for increased commercial uses of drones across the country, but also for domestic government uses.

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Cybercom touts attacks on ISIS

Military officials told the House Armed Services Committee that the hacking campaign against Islamic State has been a good testing ground for U.S. Cyber Command's ability to support combatant commands.

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Senate bill would require VA to stop using SSNs

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation that would make the VA stop using Social Security numbers as identifiers in its IT systems.

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Chinese cyber espionage drops steadily, report says

A study by FireEye offers a fresh set of data points in China's cyber espionage, which U.S. lawmakers have long characterized as rampant and inexorable.

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VA secretary presses Congress on funding for modernization

Robert McDonald said his agency can be modernized but not without the help of Congress.

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Why small bites make sense for cloud

An experienced federal hand at cloud services acquisition recommends not going all in right away.

High-impact federal systems are vulnerable and under constant assault

According to a new report, federal agencies that store critical data are not fully prepared for the ongoing uptick in attacks on IT systems.

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DOD bullish on bug bounties

"Hack the Pentagon" turned up almost 140 vulnerabilities in a demonstration of how DOD can capitalize on crowdsourcing.

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Watchdog questions 'aggressive' FirstNet timeline

Officials for the planned nationwide broadband public safety system FirstNet say it is running on schedule, but its IG said awarding a contract by November might prove difficult.

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