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Study pegs security benefits of new IT spending

A deep dive into federal IT data tries to nail down the empirical advantages of new IT spending relative to security breaches.

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What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

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White House role in funding talks unknown

Despite assurances from the Senate leadership indicating that Democrats and the White House were collaborating on an appropriations deal, it is unclear what role the Trump administration is taking in funding the government after the spending authority expires April 28.

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Shutdown clock still ticking

There are five working days left before the current federal appropriation expires, and still a lot of wrangling lies ahead before Congress can pass new spending authority.

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What's the future of defense innovation under Trump?

The president has called for rebuilding the U.S. military, but given budget constraints, innovation and modernization could take a backseat to readiness and force size.

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Chiefs: DOD cyber will suffer under a continuing resolution

In the DOD, cyber, modernization, training, recruiting and readiness will all take a hit if Congress passes another continuing resolution rather than a full budget, say the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Congress looks to free up federal spectrum

Lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to entice federal agencies away from spectrum holdings to free it up for commercial use.

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Doing less with less

Tech modernization is a pressing need for agencies government-wide, but in times of budget cuts and uncertainty, plans to upgrade legacy IT tend to be among the first projects taken of the table.

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Border wall won't span sea to sea

DHS chief John Kelly paints a clearer picture of the developing border barrier project, which includes a mix of walls, technology and fencing.

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OMB: The IT management lights are on

Federal IT doesn't stop for political transitions, said OMB officials who are concentrating on making sure efficiency and workforce policies from the last few years are working.

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Why Trump should dump spreadsheets

Many agencies still create multi-billion-dollar budgets in Excel spreadsheets, making it difficult to avoid the exact kind of waste the Office of Management and Budget wants to eliminate.

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VA's most important 2017 decision

A senior VA official told FCW that the decision, expected in July, to retain or move off of the homegrown Vista health record system is the most important move the agency will make this year.