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To buy better, government must know what it spends

Agencies can put more money on mission by analyzing accounts payable data. The former leader of the U.K.'s Government Procurement Service explains what it takes.

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DHS helps mobile firm move into GSA's Schedule 70 fast lane

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate helped a small mobile security company join GSA’s largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in just 35 days.

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Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies.

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Funding bought taxpayers better service

After a previous year of hang-ups and frustration, taxpayers are getting better treatment from the IRS in 2016 as auditors man the customer service phone lines.

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Senators seek answers on TSA tech

Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget.

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GAO says mostly good news on cloud contracts

Asked to examine cloud service agreements, GAO found room for improvement but said that overall, agencies are covering their bases.

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Crunch time for Data Act guidance

Senior officials at GAO and OMB agree that clear governance will make or break Data Act reporting, and that guidance will take shape in the next few weeks.

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Pentagon security clearances drop 20 percent in 3 years

The sharp decline reflects a concerted effort by the Obama administration to tighten the background-check process.

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Let's make government great again -- and start by cleaning house

Alan Balutis argues that the next administration must be bold in modernizing the management agenda.

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Capacity building 'critical' for cybersecurity, says State official

State Department official Chris Painter backs capacity building to sustain the progress made on the administration's International Strategy for Cyberspace.

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What agency security chiefs want from the federal CISO

Security leaders said the upcoming federal CISO should be willing to collaborate, build on the ideas they've been brewing and give them greater influence in federal circles.

How should the Pentagon confront civil cyber emergencies?

Defense Department has plans for cooperating with civil authorities for myriad security situations, but lacks specific guidance when it comes to cyber incidents according to a government watchdog.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

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