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Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

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ODNI looks to separate CIO, CDO shops

The intelligence director's office is mulling a new approach to CIO and chief data officer roles that stresses more efficient acquisition.

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Transcom head warns of cyber risks to civilian infrastructure

At a Senate hearing, Gen. Darren McDew said that the commercial companies the military relies on to move troops and material are too vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Consumer agency bows out of IoT data security role

The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to focus on physical hazards in an upcoming meeting on the safety of the internet of things.

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FEMA looks to industry for IT help

FEMA's strategic plan announced earlier this month also asks state and local governments to provide more support.

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White House: Trump won't intervene in DOD cloud deal

Despite his repeated public venting of anger at Amazon, President Trump won't play a part in the Pentagon's move to award a cloud contract, a spokesperson said.

The Department of Cyber?

As some nations unify their cybersecurity operations, there are calls for a similar effort to create a single agency for civilian cyber authorities in the U.S.

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Deputy defense secretary says DOD will get its 'arms around' cloud

The Pentagon and industry base aren't on the same wavelength when it comes to acquisition reform and readiness, says the DOD's No. 2 official.

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Why the Army is wary of other transaction authority

Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said that while agile acquisition authorities are welcome, there's a risk in using them.

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Is $100 million enough to fund MGT projects?

The IT modernization fund is launching with a lot less money than envisioned by its creators, which could mean a proliferation of smaller projects to prove out the concept.

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Make way for the MGT Act

Three ways federal IT program managers can proactively adapt to change.

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Tech trade groups urge DOD to rethink cloud strategy

The Department of Defense reaped more than 1,000 comments on cloud procurement, including suggestions for technology trade groups to reshape its approach on a planned single-vendor cloud deal.

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