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$9 billion price tag likely dooms MGT Act

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act will cost $9 billion over five years.

53 steps to stronger cybersecurity

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued its long-awaited report, which calls for (among many other things) a new agency to consolidate, administer and secure federal IT infrastructure.

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Feds help bag international malware platform

Working with other nations, the FBI helped take down a international criminal infrastructure platform that has been spewing malware and ransomware since 2009.

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Trump selects retired Marine general to head DOD

President-elect Donald Trump wants Gen. James Mattis (ret.) as his secretary of Defense.

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DOD opts not to rush new R&D rules

The Pentagon is looking to give contractors a bit more time before it steps in for closer review of their independent, government-funded projects, a top Pentagon tech official said.

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EIS: The other transition

With a planned spring award of its multibillion-dollar, next-generation telecom contract, GSA wants to focus attention on another transition going on in government.

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How agencies use social media to recruit the next workforce

Government agencies are looking to social media to directly engage with broad audiences, and believe that greater access to the cool aspects of government work can recruit the next workforce.

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McCaul wants to tighten oversight of DHS

Entering his final term as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul hopes to sharpen his panel's legislative control over DHS.

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NDAA elevates Cyber Command

The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act calls for U.S. Cyber Command to be made a full combatant command, but the NSA/Cyber Command dual-hat leadership will remain, for now.

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Air Force launches Defense Technology Accelerator

The Air Force is launching a technology accelerator program as part of a new effort to reform acquisition procedures and rapidly field commercial technology to address military needs.

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How to close the cybersecurity talent gap

By analyzing data on workforce needs and hiring efforts, agencies can take the lead in the race to recruit and retain cybersecurity professionals.

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IT, cyber challenges loom for next administration

Big data, modernization and other issues will link the incoming and outgoing administrations.