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Obama establishes privacy council, cyber commission

Executive orders creating an interagency privacy council and a national commission on cybersecurity kick off President Barack Obama's final year of cyber policymaking.

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Pentagon looks to mature Cyber Command with FY17 budget

The Defense Department fiscal 2017 budget request for cyberspace operations is $6.7 billion, a roughly 16 percent increase from fiscal 2016 enacted level.

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Partnership wants feds and industry to collaborate on tech

In a new report, the Partnership for Public Service shows how federal agencies ramping up work with private industry to inject innovation across tech R&D, commercialization and contracting.

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Four vendors lose appeals in $50M DOD health record follow-on

IBM, CSC, Amazon and General Dynamics failed to block a bid to sole-source data-hosting duties in the Pentagon's $4.3 billion electronic health record procurement.

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White House plots privacy updates for 2016

OMB's privacy adviser hopes to advance on a number of documents, guidance and councils to bolster privacy efforts before a new administration takes office.

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Agencies, what's up with your FOIAs?

A new survey seeks insight into how agencies are handling Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Tax systems back up, failure still under investigation

After a reported hardware failure crippled key tax systems, the IRS got the systems back online in a little more than 24 hours.

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McCain exhorts Silicon Valley to play ball on 'going dark' issue

In a Feb. 5 op-ed, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman called industry executives' objections to weakening encryption "ideologically motivated and profit-driven, though not without merit."

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New bill seeks to add agility to electronic warfare development

Two senators are calling for more funding flexibility for the Pentagon's electronic warfare programs.

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Census wants 2020 outreach to be mobile and social

Contractors will need to think creatively if they want to win the $415 million Census communications contract due to be awarded this summer.

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GSA completes initial agency telecom inventory

As GSA awaits bids for its next-generation telecom contract, it completed an important inventory of services that federal agencies are using under current contracts.

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Hardware failure brings down tax systems

On the cusp of tax season, unexplained tech troubles forced the IRS to suspend several key digital operations.