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DHS has more to do after cyber sprint, says watchdog

Despite strong remediation efforts, security risks remain in DHS information systems, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general.

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Census Bureau misses self-imposed deadline as it implements security fixes

Years-old GAO actions remain unclosed, as the Census Bureau girds itself for 2020.

Getting back on the $3,500-or-less horse

18F is retrying the micro-purchase reverse auction format that netted a $1 code project last year, though the outfit plans to shake things up eventually.

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FTC: Existing consumer laws govern big data

In a long-promised report, the Federal Trade Commission indicates that it will use its existing regulatory playbook to target firms that use big data to discriminate against consumers.

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Wish they all could be... (Part II)

How can the innovation culture of Silicon Valley help government technology? Two experts count the ways.

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Could an IRS tech push leave taxpayers feeling abandoned?

The IRS has an ambitious plan for customer service, but will taxpayers be able to access live human help?

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SBA slow to improve IT security, watchdog says

Lawmakers are seeking an overhaul of IT security management at the Small Business Administration, in the wake of a critical Government Accountability Office report.

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Pentagon warns contractors of Juniper vulnerabilities

In a Dec. 22 notice to industry obtained by FCW, the Defense Security Service warns defense contractors that a Juniper vulnerability could allow remote administrative access and "result in a complete compromise of the affected system."


FAA chief: 181,000 drones registered on gov website

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, speaking at CES, stressed the safety implications of drone registration and the release of a new app for drone users.

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Is there a federal factor in the voter records leak?

Unlikely. With the First Amendment and states' rights issues to consider, federal agencies may not play any role in following up on the leak of voter information for millions of Americans nationwide.

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GSA's Citizen Services get high marks in survey, but 'ease of use' lags

A new survey alerted the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies to weak points in their offerings – and helped them focus on keeping things easy for users.

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NASA's aging tech worries Capitol Hill watchdogs

Key lawmakers are seeking information from the space agency about its use of legacy IT with the goal of improving and modernizing its systems.

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