FCC chairman: truth about site failure should have come out sooner

Ajit Pai told lawmakers that he couldn't alert the public to an event incorrectly designated as a cyberattack without jeopardizing a federal investigation.

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GAO presses OPM for better data on employee misconduct

A new report from the GAO flags multiple holes in the way OPM collects for employee misconduct. OPM thinks GAO doesn’t understand the law.

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Zielinski to take over as GSA's top IT buyer

With Kay Ely's coming departure, longtime federal IT presence Bill Zielinski is taking over as assistant commissioner of the IT category at the Federal Acquisition Service.

When government websites fail

The FCC’s site went down last year not because of a DDoS attack, but because it couldn’t handle the traffic spike. So who’s responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen?

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Budget uncertainty is routine. What makes 2018 different?

Continuing resolutions and funding uncertainty have been the "new normal" for years, but experts at the Professional Services Council say that this year presents new challenges.

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McCaskill sounds alarms over proposed IG budget cuts

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security committee is calling foul on budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration to a number of inspector general offices throughout the federal government.

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DISA seeks metrics for cloud SLAs

An interagency working group is putting together a catalog of service level agreement metrics that all federal agencies could use for commercial cloud contracts.

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Sen. Markey wants details on cyber threats to the U.S. grid

In letters to federal agencies and power companies, Sen. Edward Markey wants more information on reports of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in U.S. power systems.

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Census grapples with IT and (now) paper challenges

In addition to questions over systems readiness and cybersecurity, the first-ever online census is now working to straighten out issues on the paper-based side of the decennial population count -- all against a ticking clock.

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Civic Digital Fellows showcase a second year's work in Washington

Thirty-six students from across the country spent the summer tackling tech challenges that ranged from data transparency to website redesign to machine learning.

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GAO urges DOD to share data about commercial satellite programs

Centralizing data related to the Defense Department's work with commercial satellites could be one of the first tasks for a “Space Force.”

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NARA is doing great at email, website security. Maybe

An audit finds the National Archives and Records Administration is well on its way to complying with a DHS directive to boost email and website security, but the agency's measurements need improvement.

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