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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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Obama leans on tech in gun control action

President Barack Obama's executive actions to tighten national gun control include efforts to bolster FBI and ATF databases, as well as spur research and development of safe gun technology.

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Patent office restores service

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has its systems back online after an outage shut down agency apps over the Christmas holiday.


Is there a federal CIO playbook for a militia takeover?

The armed invasion of a remote Fish and Wildlife Service building in eastern Oregon's high desert may not be a disaster for the agency's IT operations, but it could point to a gap in IT contingency planning, CIOs say.

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IG blasts DOD CIO for lack of cloud metrics

The Department of Defense doesn't know whether it is getting cost savings from cloud computing, and may be inviting security risks in the process, according to the Pentagon's inspector general.

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GSA plans one-stop shop for Salesforce

Aiming to centralize government-wide professional services procurement for Salesforce support, the General Services Administration is launching a new, six-business-strong contract vehicle.

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What to make of OMB's software licensing initiative

While most of the IT community was Christmas shopping, the Obama administration unveiled a plan that could radically reshape IT acquisition.

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