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Senate votes to end shutdown

A midday procedural vote in the Senate clears the way to reopen the government with a stopgap spending bill that lasts through Feb. 8.

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What happens to bid protests during a shutdown?

The arbiter of contested federal contract awards won't be looking at protests until the government starts back up.

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Shutdown continues, but quick end possibly in sight

After a weekend of legislative negotiations, the Senate will begin key procedural votes at noon on Jan. 22 to end the shutdown.

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House passes CR, but shutdown still looms

The House of Representatives voted to pass a month-long funding bill to keep the government open, but its Senate prospects are uncertain.

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House leaders push for funding through mid-February

The plan from House leadership extends the current continuing resolution through Feb. 16 and adds a few sweeteners to win votes.

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Senator seeks answers on pause in VA's Cerner deal

Sen. Jerry Moran is worried that the VA is going to miss the opportunity to streamline the implementation of its planned electronic health record system.

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HHS looks to infrastructure, shared services for modernization

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to expand its use of shared services, revamp its IT infrastructure and incorporate artificial intelligence as part of its modernization plan.

GSA signals new cyber rules for contractors

The GSA's planned regulations require contractors to take responsibility for unclassified systems and data and report breaches.

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Watchdog calls out EIS risks

GSA's inspector general warned that the transition to the new $50 billion telecom contract is being put at risk because of a lack of interagency agreements.

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With a shutdown days away, Congress looks to regroup

A plan to pass an immigration bill this week to pave the way to a 2018 budget has gone awry, and it's not clear whether a temporary fix is workable before funding expires at midnight Jan. 19.

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Should US companies hack back? It's complicated, says DHS chief

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen assured senators that the agency would help private companies protect themselves, but she shied away from endorsing active defense tactics.

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Connolly, Schatz push to give feds a pay raise

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are pushing to give federal employees a pay raise.

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