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Can ISIS be stopped online?

Experts tell lawmakers that alternative approaches are needed -- including a less-visible government footprint.

Will Hurd

Hurd still not sold on IT modernization fund

The Texas techie told C-SPAN he thinks modernizing legacy systems is a critical issue, but he isn’t supporting the Obama administration’s $3.1 billion IT modernization fund.

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Farmers and allies seek looser drone rules from Congress

After hearing testimony from the farm data industry, lawmakers might push the FAA to relax line-of-sight rules for drone operators.

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House passes bill to expand IG powers

The Inspector General Empowerment Act would ensure that federal IGs can gain access to all the agency information they request in the course of an investigation.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Lawmakers look to GAO for answers on IT acquisition

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked GAO to scrutinize acquisition practices, the U.S. Digital Service's work priorities and the implementation of FITARA's CIO authorities.

Major General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin

Cybercom touts attacks on ISIS

Military officials told the House Armed Services Committee that the hacking campaign against Islamic State has been a good testing ground for U.S. Cyber Command's ability to support combatant commands.

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DHS plans to expand shared services

The agency's top financial officer said shared services have helped the department achieve clean audits, and more of its component agencies will be making the switch in the next five years.

High-impact federal systems are vulnerable and under constant assault

According to a new report, federal agencies that store critical data are not fully prepared for the ongoing uptick in attacks on IT systems.

Leslie Caldwell, assistant Attorney General. Photo credit: Sean Lyngaas, FCW.

Tech groups oppose expanding FBI hacking authority

A group of companies that includes Google and PayPal told Congress it is hard to imagine that a proposed federal rule change does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

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Supreme Court sharpens False Claims Act definitions

A recent Supreme Court ruling covering the False Claims Act is going to change the way contractors do business with the federal government.

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GAO wants more privacy protections for facial recognition data

GAO said the FBI should take a careful look at the privacy issues involved with facial recognition technology and the hundreds of millions of images the bureau can access.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)

Palantir to sue Army over DCGS

Palantir has escalated its long-standing opposition to the Army's handling of contracting for the Distributed Common Ground System by announcing its intent to sue.