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The DARPA seal of approval, GSA's crowded hallways and NASA's big giveaway

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Senate to tackle CISA after mid-October break

After a summer of delays, an information sharing bill appears poised to move in the Senate.

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Lots of data, lots of fears

A new survey shows many federal leaders are worried they don't have what it takes to effectively tackle big data projects.

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DOD looks to agile to solve software conundrum

Defense Department acquisition officials see agile development as a possible lifeline in the Pentagon’s struggle with the monumental challenge of refreshing the software in its weapon systems.

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Fraud-fighting analytics, email security and border IT

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Senators look to promote health data sharing with new bill

A new bill takes aim at interoperability, usability and security for electronic health records.

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Twin brothers sentenced for hacking State Department

A State Department contractor and his twin brother are facing jail for conspiring to hack into State Department computer systems to obtain passport and visa information.

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Do air gaps protect nuke power plant systems?

Industrial control systems at nuclear power plants are typically isolated from the Internet, but there are potential bridges for hackers to beat such "air gaps."

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$50B federal telecom RFP coming in mid-October

The General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract will anchor the agency's NS 2020 telecommunications strategy.

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New bill looks to NIST, FTC for cyber hygiene

A senior House Democrat proposes that federal agencies offer cyber best practices for use by government, private firms, and individuals.

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Navy establishes permanent cyber division

Navy officials are trying to build on the momentum of the yearlong Task Force Cyber Awakening to drive a lasting, more secure cyber posture at the service.

18F builds cloud platform, FirstNet tweaks RFP and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.