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Securing the government cloud

FedRAMP is a good first step, argues one security expert, but in the end, the customer is responsible for taking steps to prevent, detect and respond to cyber adversaries.

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IT insiders tell GAO what works

As FITARA implementation progresses, a government watchdog convened a group of tech leaders to share lessons learned about acquisition.

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Why the Vista sunset is not a big deal

With Vista no longer supported by Microsoft, Windows 7 is the next major operating system scheduled for obsolescence.

OMB chief Mick Mulvaney, shown here in as a member of Congress in 2013. (Photo credit Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

White House taps old policies for new government makeover

New guidance from OMB advises agencies to use shared services, GWACs and federal schedules for acquisition, and to leverage IT wherever possible in restructuring plans.

Fate of Trump cyber order still unclear

President Trump's long-awaited cyber executive order continues to be a source of intrigue as government and industry officials speculate what it will cover and when it will finally land.

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Record ZTE fine spotlights weak links in supply chain

The record $1.19 billion fine imposed on a Chinese telecommunications firm in March for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea is worth keeping in mind as dangers to supply chain security mount, said top U.S. counterintelligence official.

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Hiring freeze out, but wider job cuts on tap

While the White House announced an end to the 90-day hiring freeze, agencies will still be on a short leash -- and legacy IT systems are also in the president's sights.

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Study pegs security benefits of new IT spending

A deep dive into federal IT data tries to nail down the empirical advantages of new IT spending relative to security breaches.

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What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

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White House role in funding talks unknown

Despite assurances from the Senate leadership indicating that Democrats and the White House were collaborating on an appropriations deal, it is unclear what role the Trump administration is taking in funding the government after the spending authority expires April 28.

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Shutdown clock still ticking

There are five working days left before the current federal appropriation expires, and still a lot of wrangling lies ahead before Congress can pass new spending authority.

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What's the future of defense innovation under Trump?

The president has called for rebuilding the U.S. military, but given budget constraints, innovation and modernization could take a backseat to readiness and force size.

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