Policy


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Why FEMA needs a new administrator, now

Former FEMA Administer Craig Fugate and House Homeland Security subcommittee leadership call for new emergency manager for the agency as soon as possible.

OMB director Mick Mulvaney

Trump floats $54B boost to defense, and matching cuts to civilian agencies

The White House is proposing double-digit decreases at civilian agencies and steep cuts to foreign aid to support a 10 percent increase to the defense side of the federal discretionary budget.

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DISA searches for new acquisition life with SETI

The new $7.5 billion SETI acquisition program aims to rapidly contract innovative technologies and solutions across the Defense Department.

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HHS outlines lofty cloud plans despite IT budget squeeze

If you want a bellwether for IT spending across federal civilian agencies, a good starting point just might be the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Sequestration, shutdowns or increased spending? Anything is possible in 2017

More standoffs are likely, experts warn, and the only certainty is that the regular rules are unlikely to apply.

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How to define cyber-enabled economic warfare

The U.S. and the international community have yet to agree to standard definitions of cyber attacks and cyber-enabled economic warfare, and that's hindering effective policy responses to attacks, according to a new report.

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The proper perspectives on defending against insider threats

The National Industrial Security Policy Operating Manual is a solid start, but agencies and contractors can't approach this as a compliance exercise.

Tech firms, privacy groups slam DHS password collection plan

A combination of tech companies and civil liberties groups oppose DHS Secretary John Kelly's suggestion that border officials could collect social media passwords as a condition for entry.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill

States balk at election system move by DHS

A group of state officials formally opposed the DHS critical infrastructure designation for election systems and want it rescinded.

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Why the private sector shouldn't rely on feds for cybersecurity

Despite cybersecurity policy advances, former DHS officials say the private sector should not expect much help from the government with hacks and breaches.

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DHS chief takes first steps to building a border wall

DHS picks sites in Arizona, California and Texas to begin building a planned border wall, and also moves to hire thousands of new border agents.

The future is mobile

How to balance cybersecurity threats and demographic trends in the federal workforce.

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