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John Thompson, director Census Bureau 2013-2017

Career official assumes Census leadership as key tests loom

Two career officials will serve as Census director and deputy director as the bureau faces multiple test and challenges in the run-up to the 2020 enumeration.

Ellen Lord - Textron DOD ATL USD

Lord tapped to lead DOD acquisition

The Trump administration has nominated Ellen Lord, president and CEO of defense contractor Textron Systems, to serve as undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) official photo

Officials press Congress to reauthorize spy powers

The Trump administration is asking Congress to reauthorize a critical foreign surveillance program without any amendments and to eliminate the sunset clause.

McCain at Heritage today.

McCain dresses down DOD deputy nominee

President Trump's nominee for deputy defense secretary faced strong criticism from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain over his background at Boeing and for some of the answers the nominee provided to senators during his confirmation hearing.

TTS Commissioner Rob Cook

GSA reorg surprised rank and file

The move to fold the Technology Transformation Service under the Federal Acquisition Service came as a surprise to the workers at 18F and TTS.

James Comey takes an oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8 2017

Comey warns Russia will be back

While many questions remained unanswered after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, he made one point abundantly clear: Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and it will do so again.

Brig. Gen. Maria Barrett photo courtesy U.S. Army

CyberCom mission forces continue to evolve

While the 133 teams of DOD Cyber Mission forces have reached initial operating capability, their organization, equipment and deployment structures continue to develop and change.

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Trump's pick to head whistleblower office comes from group suing EPA

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead a whistleblower protection office comes from a legal group that is currently suing the EPA to access employees' encrypted communications.

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MGT's Senate sponsors push committee to act

The appropriators supporting an IT modernization bill are urging a key authorizing committee to vote up the bill and send it to the Senate floor.

Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz to resign from Congress

The coveted House Oversight gavel is due to change hands, as chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) steps down to become a cable TV commentator.

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Thornberry introduces DOD acquisition reform bill

While the DOD is working through major acquisition reforms mandated by the 2017 NDAA, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is trying to streamline the way the DOD buys smaller goods and services and audits the process.

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