Policy


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How military strategy can improve cyber response

Cyberattacks will occur. Preparation is the key -- and civilian agencies could take a cue from the military’s sustained readiness model.

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Can 18F's Cloud.gov pass FedRAMP review?

The Cloud.gov team details its ongoing efforts to secure a provisional authority to operate.

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Let's put the 'funded' back in FFRDC

Federally funded research and development centers are vital test beds for new IT, but they can't operate without adequate resources.

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Move over, ITMF?

The MOVE IT Act, which takes a different approach to funding IT modernization that the administration has proposed, may have a better chance of clearing Congress.

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BYOD is evolving for a cyber-conscious age

Bring-your-own device policies were envisioned as a way to save money during a time of budget cuts, but policies are pivoting as government gets increasingly security conscious.

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New bill calls for agency-specific IT modernization funds

A new bill, which would empower agencies to reprogram funds and bank their own savings, could be an easier sell to appropriators than the White House's plan for a $3.1 billion governmentwide fund.

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GSA leader goes west to talk modernization, tech buying

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth is traveling to the West Coast to talk with companies about cybersecurity technology and how they can get into the federal market.

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Congress mulls changes to 'inherently governmental' activities

Lawmakers are considering opening up previously limited federal functions to commercial competition.

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DOD memo clarifies DIUX mission

The July memo seeks to put Defense Innovation Unit Experimental on firmer ground following criticism from Congress.

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When using your own email server makes sense

Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a personal server likely arose from the antiquated state of technology at the State Department and her experience in the Senate.

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DOE backs away from new business system mandates

The Energy Department withdrew plans for a rule that would set up definitions for contractors to adhere to or face financial penalty.

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Is analog the answer for securing the grid?

The scope and nature of the cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid last year has spurred legislation in Congress that would make the U.S. grid less digitized.