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From fighting fires to shaping the future: 4 steps to IT modernization

A sense of urgency is important, but agencies must map a clear path forward before rushing in.

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GSA previews $2.5 billion payroll acquisition

The General Services Administration is looking to acquire a commercial software solution for government payroll.

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Bill to preserve ZTE sanctions clears committee

An amendment designed to block Trump's proposed rollback of sanctions against Chinese telecom firm ZTE passed its first legislative hurdle.

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Senate Dems push administration on Census director

The Census Bureau has been without a confirmed director for almost a year, and 21 Senate Democrats are urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to put forward a qualified candidate.

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Reorganizing government: Lessons for rightsizing and downsizing

With agency reorganization plans due this month, Alan Balutis offers nine reminders for executives who will shape the change.

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Administration officials defend planned cuts to workforce benefits

A House panel wanted details on how Trump administration plans to attract a high quality workforce while pushing legislative proposals aimed at cutting benefits.

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House panel looks at ditching the SSN

In light of multiple large-scale data breaches in recent years, some on Capitol Hill are looking at accelerating the move away from widespread reliance on social security numbers in government systems.

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Hill Dems want VA's acting CIO out

A group of lawmakers, led by the senior members of the House and Senate committees that oversee the Department of Veterans Affairs, are worried about the agency's new acting CIO and the slow pace of senior tech hires.

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State lifts hiring freeze

The Department of State is lifting a hiring freeze that has been in effect since the early days of the Trump administration.

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Trump executive order boosts agency CIO role

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to promote the CIO authorities called for in the FITARA legislation and to help speed direct-hire authority for tech personnel at agencies in need.

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Report: DOD's new health record system isn't suitable for use

MHS Genesis, the $3.4 billion commercial health record system being installed across the Department of Defense, was found to be operationally ineffective and unsuitable in a scathing internal oversight report.

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Senator freezes DHS cyber nominee over Stingray info

Sen. Ron Wyden wants info on use of rogue cell-tracking Stingray devices in the nation's capital before he'll confirm a new cybersecurity leader at the Department of Homeland Security.

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