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Funding bought taxpayers better service

After a previous year of hang-ups and frustration, taxpayers are getting better treatment from the IRS in 2016 as auditors man the customer service phone lines.

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Senators seek answers on TSA tech

Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget.

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Crunch time for Data Act guidance

Senior officials at GAO and OMB agree that clear governance will make or break Data Act reporting, and that guidance will take shape in the next few weeks.

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Pentagon security clearances drop 20 percent in 3 years

The sharp decline reflects a concerted effort by the Obama administration to tighten the background-check process.

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GSA rolls out faster access to IT schedule

Changes to GSA's Schedule 70 portal are designed to make it easier for new companies to enter the federal IT market.

Agencies dream of commercial app stores

The future of mobility lies in finding the right ways to update mobile apps securely without impeding their main selling point: speed.

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Capacity building 'critical' for cybersecurity, says State official

State Department official Chris Painter backs capacity building to sustain the progress made on the administration's International Strategy for Cyberspace.

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Lawmakers mull full command status for Cyber Command

The move would acknowledge the maturation of the five-year-old command as it supports U.S. operations against Islamic State and other high-level missions.

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Nuclear Security Summit addresses cyberthreats

President Obama used the global stage of the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss cooperation among more than 50 other countries in protecting nuclear facilities from cyberattacks.

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Why data privacy is up to developers

Many users lack the tools, knowledge or inclination to control the flow of their data through the Internet of Things, which means developers are responsible for keeping data safe.

DOD's single IT service provider seeks to get synchronized

One challenge the Joint Service Provider has faced is simply getting IT personnel from across the National Capitol Region in the same place.

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White House pushes Congress to pass $3.1B IT modernization fund

The White House is preparing to send Congress more details on its plan for a revolving $3.1 billion IT modernization fund after the House Budget Committee failed to include the measure in the 2017 budget resolution.