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2017 defense bill advances

The House Appropriations Committee has introduced the final $578 billion defense spending bill for the remainder of FY2017. It's an $11 billion increase over 2016, but far short of what defense hawks say is needed going forward.

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DOD vague on AT&L split

The Department of Defense met its to update Congress on progress towards splitting the office of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, but provided few details on what the split will look like.

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McCain continues push for cyber policy

Arizona senator says the U.S. still lacks a clear policy for deterring and defending against cyberattacks and vows to pressure the Trump administration to develop a comprehensive cyber strategy.

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NIST gets new cyber powers under House bill

A House panel approved legislation that would add new cybersecurity auditing and reporting duties to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the White House science office.

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Feds worry about Trump's budget plans

The new administration’s hiring freeze and plans to cut civilian agencies’ budgets worry federal employees, and have caught the attention of their unions.

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Will deep budget cuts alter federal buying strategies?

Federal agency officials are optimistic that efforts to optimize spending across government will continue, but some experts say deep agency cuts could short circuit some IT spending.

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How would Trump’s proposed cuts affect the Census?

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Department secretary by a 72 to 27 vote Feb. 27, but the future of programs and positions Ross will oversee remains hazy.

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Trump pushes sweeping changes in speech to nation

In an address to a rare joint session of Congress, President Trump discussed his near-term plans, and his aim to dramatically change the priorities of the federal government in his 2018 budget.

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Why FEMA needs a new administrator, now

Former FEMA Administer Craig Fugate and House Homeland Security subcommittee leadership call for new emergency manager for the agency as soon as possible.

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Trump floats $54B boost to defense, and matching cuts to civilian agencies

The White House is proposing double-digit decreases at civilian agencies and steep cuts to foreign aid to support a 10 percent increase to the defense side of the federal discretionary budget.

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DISA searches for new acquisition life with SETI

The new $7.5 billion SETI acquisition program aims to rapidly contract innovative technologies and solutions across the Defense Department.

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HHS outlines lofty cloud plans despite IT budget squeeze

If you want a bellwether for IT spending across federal civilian agencies, a good starting point just might be the Department of Health and Human Services.

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