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Trump's plan to reorganize the federal government

President Trump signed an executive order promising "a comprehensive plan for reorganizing the federal government."

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How budget sequestration affected contracting

Defense agency contract obligations for IT and telecom services dipped over the last five years under the Budget Control Act, even as civilian side obligations held steady.

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IGs: budget cuts could put cybersecurity at risk

Inspectors general fear that budget cuts could force agencies to choose between spending on program operations and cybersecurity.

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Senate votes to repeal 'blacklisting' rule

In a close vote, the Senate passed a resolution to eliminate the so-called blacklisting rule for federal contractors.

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5 technology priorities for President Trump

The Obama administration improved government technology, but the Trump team must push it further forward.

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Shared service gets some blame for HUD's financial woes

The department's struggles with shared services contributed to restatement of financial data, according to HUD's inspector general.

Cyber executive order nearing completion

The Trump administration is soliciting feedback from industry leaders on the long-awaited cyber executive order that could be finalized within a week.

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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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Meet 21 early-career leaders who are doing great things in federal IT.

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