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Rep. Darrell Issa

FITARA architect wants to run the House, new tech at FCC and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Major General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin

The thin line between military and civilian cyber defense

U.S. Cyber Command's charge includes working with the Department of Homeland Security to defend critical infrastructure from a cyberattack, and that collaboration is very much a work in progress.

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Grassley tries to revive 'going dark' legislative fix

The Obama administration may have shelved a legislative plan to force firms to decrypt communications, but Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley is not having it.

Boehner's tech legacy (seriously)

The outgoing speaker helped push forward data and transparency measures that have opened up the House of Representatives to the American people.

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Can tech streamline the 2020 Census and save $5B?

The Census Bureau announced plans to fold in new technology and third party data into its 2020 population count, but questions remain about the viability of the Bureau's enterprise IT.

Cybersecurity research

Name change, new org chart feature in NPPD reorg

A key DHS component plans to combine protection of cyber and physical infrastructure.

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Are our ports protected from cyber pirates?

The Coast Guard looks to get ports and shipping companies talking about the inevitable cyber threats they face.

Arati Prabhakar

DARPA still seeking to lay foundation for cybersecurity

The Pentagon's research arm wants to take "whole classes of vulnerabilities" off the table when it comes to cybersecurity.

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NDAA would change cyber acquisition, Gross tapped for CIO post at FDIC and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Can feds share America's 'invisible infrastructure'?

Lawmakers are mulling bills that would encourage agencies to hand spectrum over to the data-hungry private sector.

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18F debuts 'Digital Economy Practice'

GSA's in-house digital skunkworks 18F is branching out into wider policy matters.

Suzanne Spaulding,  Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress vets DHS cyber reorg plans

Lawmakers on Oct. 7 scrutinized the Department of Homeland Security’s inchoate plan to reorganize its cyber bureau, an exercise they said was overdue.