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IRS goes XML with tax-exempt forms

The tax agency is making tax-exempt filings available in machine-readable format.

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One year after outage, MSPB shakes up tech shop

The Merit Systems Protection Board is reassigning its long-serving CIO in the wake of a systems outage that continues to ripple through the agency.

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6 steps to creating a hybrid integration strategy

A successful plan for using public and private cloud-based technology requires flexibility and an understanding of current and future needs.

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Sen. Sessions wants fingerprints for visitors entering and exiting the U.S.

Biometric identity data for a visa entry and exit system should boil down to fingerprints, says the chairman of a Senate immigration subcommittee.

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Why should feds care about blockchain?

Federal standards setters can't predict how blockchain might serve government ends, but secure voting, health records and identity management are possible applications.

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ISIS-linked hacker pleads guilty to targeting feds

A Kosovar named Ardit Ferizi stole the personally identifiable information of over 1,000 U.S. military and federal personnel, authorities said.

Is DHS cyber info-sharing ready for prime time?

Recent cybersecurity law is supposed to provide a voluntary framework for easy information sharing between government and private companies, but some DHS programs are experiencing early real-world hitches.

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Hill leaders look to block upgrade in Russian surveillance gear

Russia is seeking to upgrade the digital camera it uses in U.S. surveillance flyovers permitted under the Open Skies Treaty, but some in Congress are hoping to block the move.

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FBI lax on facial recognition privacy, watchdog says

As law enforcement looks to tap advances in facial recognition, a government watchdog warns of the risks to privacy.

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White House looks to put more muscle behind cyber plan

White House tech officials are looking to put more weight behind CNAP for the next administration.

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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.

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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.