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Cyber legislation could hitch a ride on funding bill

Lawmakers hammering out the details on House and Senate cybersecurity legislation have not ruled out the possibility that the measure could make its way into a larger funding bill.

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DHS expands CenturyLink's work on Einstein

DHS awarded an expansion contract to help extend Einstein 3 Accelerated protections to civilian agencies by year's end under the new cybersecurity strategy.

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Comey: 'Going dark' is business, not technical, challenge

The FBI director sounded upbeat about the possibility of convincing tech firms to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer communications with a warrant.

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18F, Digital Service are here to stay, CIO says

The new in-house IT consultancies at GSA and OMB will likely outlast the Obama administration, according to federal CIO Tony Scott.

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The evolving role of the chief data officer

Chief data officers are still finding out where they fit into agency plans and hierarchies.

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Agile comes with pressure and pain

Top federal IT managers say that if agile development doesn't make you uncomfortable, you're probably doing it wrong.

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How to open up federal IT acquisition

Two industry groups propose guidelines to allow the federal government to better tap into the fast-moving world of commercial IT development.

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Navy drones still a work in progress

The new deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems is still exploring how best to deploy remotely guided vessels.

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DHS chief plans changes to terror alert system

Secretary Jeh Johnson is planning modifications to the terrorism alert system to make it more responsive to murkier threats and is considering changes to the K-1 visa program.

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A-130 feedback urges more emphasis on commercial cloud in IT policy revisions

The long-awaited revisions to the federal government's key IT policy document don't include enough emphasis on commercial cloud, according to industry commentators.

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McCaul wants new commission on encryption and law enforcement

Top law enforcement officials have decried unbreakable commercial encryption as a dark space for terrorists and criminals. In the wake of the San Bernardino and Paris attacks, one House leader wants to take a hard look at the technology.

Stewart Baker

Fighting cyber espionage, legally

Instead of trying to tackle foreign governments or hack-proof their own systems, Americans could use the force of the law to neuter cyber espionage by eliminating much of the incentive to hack.

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