Policy and Funding

Current laws miss key points in protecting data

GAO says advancing technology has rendered many privacy rules inadequate and outdated, creating new risks.

Bipartisan cybersecurity bill fails on the Senate floor

A Republican filibuster prevented the Senate from voting on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 -- which might have also included data center consolidation measures -- greatly dimming hopes for legislation this year.

Poll reveals top 4 mobility headaches

Mobile devices, while widely popular, come with challenges. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has identified four of the most common ones.

OMB gears up for sequestration

The clock is ticking toward sequestration, and OMB is trying to prepare agencies for the shock.

Sequestration hearing unravels into partisan 'food fight'

As a hearing intended to help prepare for the effects of sequestration degenerates into a partisan shouting match, one embarrassed congressman calls the event a 'spectacle.'

Networx transition deemed nearly complete

Almost 99 percent of services have moved to the Networx program, according to a GSA official.

House considers purchase card oversight bill

Lawmakers want more record-keeping rules on the federal employees who have government credit cards.

Agency customer service efforts could come under increased scrutiny

The Government Customer Service Improvement Act would require agency officials to let OMB help them develop specific standards for customer services.

Data center consolidation among 70 amendments competing for cybersecurity bill inclusion

As senators prepare to deliberate over the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, a slew of amendments are emerging, including one addressing federal data center consolidation.

Congress reaches agreement on continuing resolution

Congressional leaders begin work on drafting an agreement to keep the government operating without new spending bills.

Feds see IT as cost, not opportunity

More federal executives say streamlining and modernizing business processes is a bigger priority than IT.

OMB predicts economic improvement, warns against sequestration

Economic growth projected to pick up but recovery remains sluggish, according to the administration's Mid-Session Review.

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