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Will 'fourth estate' reforms at DOD save serious money?

Eliminating supporting defense agencies may not save enough money to hit cost-cutting targets, experts say.

Bill Evanina speaks at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

Changes coming to clearance process in 30 to 60 days, says ODNI

A top national security official said that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hopes coming changes will significantly reduce the existing backlog, which has ballooned to 700,000 in recent years.

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White House to relax rules on military drone exports

The Trump administration is looking to make it easier for allies to buy military-grade drones from U.S. firms.

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IGs: IT and workforce woes plague multiple agencies

The first-ever report on governmentwide challenges from a group of Inspectors General found that management of IT systems and human capital are among the most frequently identified performance challenges facing agencies across government.

GSA administrator Emily Murphy testifies before a House panel on Feb 15 2018

GSA chief says citizen services will be a focal point in FY2019

IT modernization funds and real estate questions also featured prominently at an April 17 hearing on the General Services Administration's appropriation.

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Thornberry looks to shut down DISA

Defense reform bill calls for a 25 percent cut in back-office spending and the elimination of seven supporting agencies.

Aging voting machines cost local, state governments

Most jurisdictions satisfied with voting machines, GAO finds

Security and lifecycle replacement remains a concern for localities, but an investigation of hundreds of jurisdictions found broad satisfaction with the way equipment performed during the 2016 election.

Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

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ODNI looks to separate CIO, CDO shops

The intelligence director's office is mulling a new approach to CIO and chief data officer roles that stresses more efficient acquisition.

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Transcom head warns of cyber risks to civilian infrastructure

At a Senate hearing, Gen. Darren McDew said that the commercial companies the military relies on to move troops and material are too vulnerable to cyberattacks.

IoT

Consumer agency bows out of IoT data security role

The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to focus on physical hazards in an upcoming meeting on the safety of the internet of things.

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FEMA looks to industry for IT help

FEMA's strategic plan announced earlier this month also asks state and local governments to provide more support.

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