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IRS identity theft enforcement activities plummet

In the latest sign enforcement has taken a back seat, a new audit finds that new identity theft cases at the resource-strapped agency have dropped by at least 75% since 2013.

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GWACs anticipate bump in year end spending over FY2018

One big contract manager said the raised micropurchase limit will likely contribute to a rise in the dollar amount of year-end spending by agencies as fiscal year 2019 draws to a close.

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Trump floats 2.6% pay raise

A pay proposal from the White House would raise base federal pay by 2.6% -- but slash proposed increases to locality pay.

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Digital rights group sues DHS over warrantless surveillance at border

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit demanding the release of legal and training documents that could shed new light on the government's use of GPS trackers for vehicles entering the United States.

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In supply chain management, the best defense is a good offense

No matter how "smart" a cybersecurity system and program is, there will always be a vulnerability if it's designed to play defense.

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National Guard looks to help states help with ransomware response

The National Guard is contemplating an expansion of its cybersecurity vulnerability assessment pilot following recent ransomware attacks in Texas and Louisiana.

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Esper announces Fourth Estate review

In a rare press conference, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said a “defense-wide review process” has begun to evaluate the Fourth Estate agency resources.

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Social Security Advisory Board names expert IT panel

Over the next year, a group of experienced federal IT executives will review how the Social Security Administration's system modernization work is progressing.

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Watchdog warns on GSA's contracting data trial

A pilot at the government's contracting hub isn't producing the data it promised and threatens pricing transparency, according to the inspector general at the General Services Administration.

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GSA on target with schedule consolidation

The General Services Administration expects to publish a consolidated Multiple Award Schedule on day one of fiscal year 2020.

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IRS spent $1.2 million on unused data security software, auditors say

In 2010, IRS began implementing a large data loss prevention solution to protect taxpayer data. Nearly a decade later, only one-third of the system is operational.

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DOD looks to expand drone industrial base amid supply chain concerns

Ellen Lord, DOD’s undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters that it couldn’t use commercially available and popular drones made by DJI, a China-based firm.

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