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New defense strategy sets the tone for an agile cyber force

Defense Secretary James Mattis highlighted cyber force streamlining and tech infrastructure investment as part of an unclassified summary of the national defense strategy.

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Even short shutdowns complicate federal hiring

With two government shutdowns in recent memory -- and a third looming -- the disruptions of federal operations make an already-protracted federal hiring process even more challenging.

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Senate votes to end shutdown

A midday procedural vote in the Senate clears the way to reopen the government with a stopgap spending bill that lasts through Feb. 8.

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What happens to bid protests during a shutdown?

The arbiter of contested federal contract awards won't be looking at protests until the government starts back up.

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Shutdown continues, but quick end possibly in sight

After a weekend of legislative negotiations, the Senate will begin key procedural votes at noon on Jan. 22 to end the shutdown.

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Government shuts down as CR fails in the Senate

Large parts of the federal government will shutter at least temporarily as Congress fails to enact a four-week stopgap spending bill. As agencies prepare to power down, officials say cybersecurity is being given a higher priority than it was in the 2013 shutdown.

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Next gen aircraft ID system vulnerable, watchdog finds

The GAO is concerned that the next-generation air traffic technology that precisely tracks commercial and military aircraft is vulnerable to hackers.

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House passes CR, but shutdown still looms

The House of Representatives voted to pass a month-long funding bill to keep the government open, but its Senate prospects are uncertain.

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DOD health record effort pivots to lessons learned

After a lengthy rollout, military health leaders will evaluate user feedback on MHS Genesis to prepare for full deployment.

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Budget, workforce challenge CDM implementation

Vendors say the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program must evolve to deal with emerging threats.

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Russian cyber meddling extends well beyond elections

Fake FCC comments are yet another sign of Russia's ongoing destabilization campaign against U.S. targets, a social media expert told Congress.

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Senator seeks answers on pause in VA's Cerner deal

Sen. Jerry Moran is worried that the VA is going to miss the opportunity to streamline the implementation of its planned electronic health record system.

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