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Does the U.S. have new clout over the global internet?

A former NTIA administrator told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that the handover of internet address book functions to an international group gives the administration new bargaining cred.

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Security clearance process still slow, but more secure

OPM's National Background Investigations Bureau has made significant progress in securing its systems and data, but the security clearance backlog persists, a House panel finds.

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Trump transition threatened to fire IGs

Agency watchdogs told the House Oversight Committee that early worries about a purge of the IG ranks by the Trump transition have been put to rest, but they were still concerned about the possible consequences of the federal hiring freeze.

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Chaffetz bill targets feds who owe back taxes

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is looking at changes to workforce and procurement policies, including a bid to crack down on federal employees who have "seriously delinquent" tax debt.

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Interior making plans in case EIS falls short

The Department of the Interior is prepping to backfill its telecommunications needs in case GSA's planned Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract can't serve the agency's far-flung operations.

Can Trump mend fences with Silicon Valley?

The government needs to make nice with the commercial technology community over lingering mistrust stemming from revelations of surveillance and faulty encryption standards, according to a new report.

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Trump tweets take IT contracting into uncertain territory

Presidential comments about high costs of specific contracts and empty top IT slots worry some contractors, but some industry groups and even a federal CIO see glimpses of possible acquisition reform.

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Senators drill down on 2018 defense spending

Just a month after the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act became law, the Senate Armed Services Committee is starting the process of formulating the 2018 defense budget.

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Trump's pick for OMB sounds enthusiastic about the Data Act

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) stressed the importance of enforcing the DATA Act to both Senate committees he faced as part of his confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

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More macroeconomics than management at Mulvaney hearings

Two Senate panels grilled President Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, but the focus was on high-level spending issues rather than the nitty-gritty of governance.

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State of federal IT report charts needs in cyber, workforce

A weighty report from the CIO Council takes a sweeping view of the challenges facing the federal IT community.

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Trump signs federal hiring freeze

As promised during the campaign, President Trump has signed an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across most of the civilian federal workforce.