Policy


Uncertainty 2017

What will Trump's innovation policy look like?

Although specifics regarding innovation policy under a Trump administration remain unclear, Trump's campaign promises to create manufacturing jobs for American workers, make better trade deals and increase military spending will likely play out in the technology sector.

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Tech refresh bills will be back, says DHS CIO

IT modernization funding efforts will be back, according to DHS CIO Luke McCormack, and agencies should still position agile, cloud and other capabilities to show they're moving into a modern environment.

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Report: DOD needs new strategy to regain technological edge

The U.S. is facing greater technological competition from its adversaries, and a new report states the DOD needs to adopt an "optionality strategy" in order to regain its edge.

DHS CIO Luke McCormack

DHS CIO: Trump team on board with agile

The Department of Homeland Security won't let up on its acquisition innovation programs even as the administration changes hands and the agency's premier agile contracting vehicle faces protests.

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IG: VA wasted more than $7M in poorly-planned tech refresh

Technology buyers at the Department of Veterans Affairs wasted more than $7 million in software licenses and hardware in an uncoordinated tech refresh, according to the agency's internal watchdog.

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No government shutdown as Senate passes funding bill

With less than two hours remaining on the current federal appropriation, the Senate voted to keep the government funded through April 28.

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Why the federal CISO can't sleep

Federal cybersecurity officials are incorporating advice from the industry advisory group NSTAC into incident response policy.

OMB Controller Dave Mader at a Dec. 7, 2016, shared services event in Washington  (Photo: FCW)

Making a market for shared services

OMB and GSA have spent the last year bringing structure to agencies' back-office system needs. Now they have to keep it moving for the next administration.

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Why DOD needs a mobile upgrade

A new report from the Center for a New American Security argues the Pentagon needs to ditch its risk-averse culture and procurement procedures and embrace next-generation mobile technology.

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GSA adds data security solutions to Schedule 70

The agency says Adobe’s electronic signature solutions and other tools will help agencies manage a broad list of federal security requirements.

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$9 billion price tag likely dooms MGT Act

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementation of the Modernizing Government Technology Act will cost $9 billion over five years.

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Commission: Trump admin needs to prioritize cybersecurity

With its report now delivered to the White House, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity says the next step is to implement the recommendations, starting with simply making cybersecurity a government priority.