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Vikram Phatak

NSS Labs CEO: U.S. has unilaterally disarmed in cyberspace

In a recent interview, NSS Labs CEO Vikram Phatak discussed a range of topics, including Apple vs. FBI and the lack of operational experience among U.S. government hackers.

President Obama at SXSW in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2016. Photo from WH.GOV video stream.

Obama warns against 'absolutist' positions on encryption

The White House had said Obama would not weigh in on the Apple case, but he spoke at length on the issue of encryption in the first visit by a sitting president to the South by Southwest festival.

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New manager to steer IT categories at GSA

Veteran IT planner Bill Zielinski will direct category management solutions for GSA's IT acquisition services as the agency moves closer to its category-focused goals.

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DOJ official, former counterterror czar spar over Apple

The court order is a dangerous effort to compel speech in the form of writing software code, said Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism adviser.

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The Pentagon wants to be hacked -- and learn from it

DOD has its own "red teams" that probe sensitive defense networks for vulnerabilities, but the Hack the Pentagon initiative goes a significant step further by inviting private-sector hackers to get out their digital scalpels.

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When agile development is change management in disguise

The current and former heads of 18F agree that when it comes to digital services, the tech is often secondary at best.

Denise Turner Roth.

GSA's Roth quizzed over IT modernization fund

Lawmakers are unsure whether the $3.1 billion plan to fund a rolling governmentwide tech refresh is a good bet.

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Rung: Federal category managers are getting right to work

The 10 recently named federal category managers are meeting with industry and each other to hone buying oversight strategies.

Will Hurd

Hurd: FBI should clarify why Apple's help is necessary

Rep. Will Hurd told FCW he is concerned that the government is telling a private company how to build its software, and that strong encryption is good for the nation's security.

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OMB names category management leads

Ten newly-named managers will wrangle specific procurement categories.

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Senator blocks vote on Cobert's OPM nomination

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking Beth Cobert's nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management because of unanswered questions about how Congress is covered by the Affordable Care Act.

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Connolly again backs big raise for feds

The Virginia Democrat looking to give federal employees an almost 4 percent base pay bump, plus a hike in locality pay.

The Fed 100

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Federal 100 Awards.

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