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GSA administrator Emily Murphy testifies before a House panel on Feb 15 2018

GSA chief says citizen services will be a focal point in FY2019

IT modernization funds and real estate questions also featured prominently at an April 17 hearing on the General Services Administration's appropriation.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (Photo: House Armed Services Committee)

Thornberry looks to shut down DISA

Defense reform bill calls for a 25 percent cut in back-office spending and the elimination of seven supporting agencies.

Aging voting machines cost local, state governments

Most jurisdictions satisfied with voting machines, GAO finds

Security and lifecycle replacement remains a concern for localities, but an investigation of hundreds of jurisdictions found broad satisfaction with the way equipment performed during the 2016 election.

Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

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ODNI looks to separate CIO, CDO shops

The intelligence director's office is mulling a new approach to CIO and chief data officer roles that stresses more efficient acquisition.

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Transcom head warns of cyber risks to civilian infrastructure

At a Senate hearing, Gen. Darren McDew said that the commercial companies the military relies on to move troops and material are too vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Consumer agency bows out of IoT data security role

The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to focus on physical hazards in an upcoming meeting on the safety of the internet of things.

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FEMA looks to industry for IT help

FEMA's strategic plan announced earlier this month also asks state and local governments to provide more support.

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White House: Trump won't intervene in DOD cloud deal

Despite his repeated public venting of anger at Amazon, President Trump won't play a part in the Pentagon's move to award a cloud contract, a spokesperson said.

The Department of Cyber?

As some nations unify their cybersecurity operations, there are calls for a similar effort to create a single agency for civilian cyber authorities in the U.S.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan speaks during the Defense Intelligence Agency change of directorship ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. D.C., Oct. 3, 2017  DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley

Deputy defense secretary says DOD will get its 'arms around' cloud

The Pentagon and industry base aren't on the same wavelength when it comes to acquisition reform and readiness, says the DOD's No. 2 official.

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Why the Army is wary of other transaction authority

Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said that while agile acquisition authorities are welcome, there's a risk in using them.

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