Policy


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Can the Army sell Congress on modernization?

Why the Army needs to solve its communication problem with Congress if it hopes to secure more funding.

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Do acquisition deadlines spur innovation?

IT modernization legislation looks to avoid the end-of-year spending spree, but some say time pressure can spark creativity.

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Mattis: 'Open communication' with private sector is the key to acquisition reform

Pushing forward with the department's reorganization plan, Defense Secretary James Mattis said "it's time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it."

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E-Verify role upped in White House plans

A new White House immigration wish list calls for 100 percent employer participation in DHS' online worker status verification system.

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The CIO and government IT

Two longtime federal IT leaders discuss the pros and cons of elevating agency CIOs in the executive branch power structure.

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How big is the federal workforce, really?

Despite administration concerns about bloat, one new estimate pegs the size of the federal workforce as smaller than under Ronald Reagan.

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Oracle rips innovation shops

In comments on a planned governmentwide modernization scheme, database firm Oracle called on the federal government to rethink open source and hiring software coders.

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Let's change the "I" in RFI from information to interaction

To truly work together, government and industry should do a lot more talking.

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White House cyber chief warns on IP theft

Rob Joyce cautioned that requirements by foreign powers to review IT source code of U.S. vendors could lead to intellectual property theft.

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House panel seeks probe of contractor data calls

The Energy and Commerce committee asked the GAO to examine whether the Department of Energy is wasting contractors time and money with superfluous requests.

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Can Congress put evidence-based policymaking into practice?

A bipartisan commission wants the government to use program data to determine whether policies work, but there are political barriers.

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House panel hammers Army CIO over request to reprogram 2018 funds

The Army is seeking to realign funds for network modernization, but Congress wants to know what's wrong with the systems it already paid for.

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