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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.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

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.

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How to foster an innovation culture in government

To close the innovation gap between the public and private sector, governments must become applied learning systems that constantly adapt to change.

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Secretary Carter says future is bright for DOD

In his farewell remarks to Department of Defense personnel, Secretary Ash Carter said that the DOD is better and stronger than when he first set foot in the Pentagon 35 years ago.

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Acquisition gateway expands in 2016

One of the General Services Administration's key category management efforts, the acquisition gateway, saw thousands visitors with IT contracts on their minds.

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Is a unified .gov network the way to go?

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity made 53 recommendations last year, but some experts are questioning the call to create a unified .gov network.

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What to make of the Alliant 2 protest rulings

With the pre-award protests all resolved in GSA's favor, is the $50 billion IT services contract now bulletproof?

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