Policy


FirstNet, DHS P25 comms efforts move ahead

Two efforts, ultimately aimed at providing interoperable radio communications for first responders across the nation, advanced on Dec. 9.

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White House reacts to pro-encryption petition

As "going dark" becomes a hot button issue in Washington, privacy activists are urging the White House to hold to its stance on commercial encryption.

Cyber legislation could hitch a ride on funding bill

Lawmakers hammering out the details on House and Senate cybersecurity legislation have not ruled out the possibility that the measure could make its way into a larger funding bill.

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Connolly, Meadows: We're on your side with FITARA

Legislators urge agency leaders to weigh in on the best ways to implement (and grade) IT reform efforts.

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Senators seek answers about data gaps in visa waiver program

A Senate panel quizzed policymakers and experts about potential remedies for problems with the 30-year-old visa waiver program.

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18F, Digital Service are here to stay, CIO says

The new in-house IT consultancies at GSA and OMB will likely outlast the Obama administration, according to federal CIO Tony Scott.

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The evolving role of the chief data officer

Chief data officers are still finding out where they fit into agency plans and hierarchies.

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How to open up federal IT acquisition

Two industry groups propose guidelines to allow the federal government to better tap into the fast-moving world of commercial IT development.

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CMS needs to close out contracts, watchdog says

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aren't closing out contracts properly under federal regulations, possibly leaving money on the table with contractors according to the agency's Inspector General.

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DHS chief plans changes to terror alert system

Secretary Jeh Johnson is planning modifications to the terrorism alert system to make it more responsive to murkier threats and is considering changes to the K-1 visa program.

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A-130 feedback urges more emphasis on commercial cloud in IT policy revisions

The long-awaited revisions to the federal government's key IT policy document don't include enough emphasis on commercial cloud, according to industry commentators.

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Feds don't need shutdown plans, lawmakers say

Members of Congress do not anticipate a government shutdown even though there are only four legislative days left to come to a bipartisan agreement on a spending bill.