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Is Congress really going to cut your pay to $1?

A brief history of the Holman Rule, and what it likely means for appropriations, agency programs and individual feds.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Carter stresses reform and innovation in exit memo

In his exit memo, the secretary of defense outlines current threats and priorities with a strong emphasis on the need for acquisition reform and innovation.

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The 2017 forecast for federal IT

From cyber to cloud to automation, here are the trends to watch in the coming year.

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Giving COTS the consideration it deserves

Certain government missions require custom-designed IT systems, but agencies need not reinvent the wheel.

Shaun Donovan

OMB chief tells Trump team IT modernization is key

In his exit memo to the next administration, OMB Director Shaun Donovan advises continuing IT modernization efforts, shared services and support for U.S. Digital Services.

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Does HealthCare.gov have a future?

Congressional Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What would that mean for the $1B website that is the front door to the program?

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House rule change puts feds at risk of job and pay cuts

The one-year revival of the Holman Rule in the House gives lawmakers the authority to reduce the federal workforce or cut employee pay legislatively.

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Changes to protest rules could shift contracting preferences

Bumping up the Defense Department’s protest threshold could tilt Pentagon buyers away from civilian contracting vehicles.

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3 in 10 agency websites miss OMB deadline to migrate to HTTPS

Although the White House-imposed deadline for government websites to embrace HTTPS has passed, some agencies' conversions remain a work in progress.

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DHS moves to dismantle visitor registry program

The department is issuing rule changes to put the final nail in the coffin of a long-abandoned program targeting countries with active terrorist groups.

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Will Trump and Mulvaney bring back A-76?

The use of A-76 competitions to let private contractors bid on some work done by federal employees could be set for a resurgence.

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Email management deadline looms

Agencies have until Dec. 31 to manage their email records in electronic format, and abandon antiquated print-to-file methods. Not all of them are going to make it.

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Read the profiles of all this year's winners.

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