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Will Hurd

Hurd encouraged by IT funding in Trump budget

The architect of the Managing Government Technology Act is happy with the administration's request for a central IT modernization fund, but he thinks the real action will take place at the agency level.

McCaul optimistic on DHS cyber reorganization

The House Homeland Security Committee chairman is preparing to reintroduce legislation to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber directorate, and he believes forces are aligning to get it passed.

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Trump budget pushes IT modernization

As expected, the proposed federal budget contains $228 million for a general fund for IT modernization projects.

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Budget seeks $2.6 billion for border wall and supporting tech

The administration's budget proposal includes at least a portion of the promised border wall and a lot of tech to support border security.

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Census funding falls short of Obama-era plans

President Trump's budget proposal falls almost $300 million short of his predecessor's proposal for fiscal year 2018, raising concerns that an already-challenged census could be in historic trouble.

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Forcing culture change at DOD

Study after study has argued that the Department of Defense is risk averse and unable to rapidly adapt to changing technology. One former official says it's time to use force to change innovation culture at the Pentagon.

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Stars aligning for shared services?

Federal IT leaders are sending strong signals to market players that government is preparing to shift to shared services at scale.

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GAO: DHS coming up short on FITARA implementation

The Department of Homeland Security needs to strengthen and formalize CIO contract approval and evaluation procedures to fully comply with FITARA, according to a new report.

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Leaked budget document shows MGT funding in place

A spreadsheet of the Trump administration's 2018 budget request leaked to the group Third Way indicates support for a technology modernization fund.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

OMB chief: People are 'immune to the true costs of government'

To achieve a balanced budget without tax hikes would require a 12 to 13 percent cut in government spending, said OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

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Thornberry introduces DOD acquisition reform bill

While the DOD is working through major acquisition reforms mandated by the 2017 NDAA, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is trying to streamline the way the DOD buys smaller goods and services and audits the process.

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$500M IT modernization bill passes House

The Modernizing Government Technology Act passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote, but the Senate outlook is less certain.

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