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DOD, DHS chart paths to acquisition innovation

DOD and DHS are both trying to tap into the best the tech sector has to offer, and each agency has new and experimental contracting mechanisms that are showing signs of short-circuiting existing procedures.

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DHS faces a sea change

Former Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said DHS must make structural changes so it can improve the way it develops and buys technology.

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Can small agencies piggyback on modernization plans?

Non-CFO Act agencies are not included in the legislation that seeks to update legacy systems, which could create a two-tiered modernization effort.

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Fed IT suffers under divided government

Federal investment in new, more effective IT can wither when the political atmosphere in Washington is sharply divided, according to a new study.

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CRS fact-checks Trump claim of ICE endorsement

A Congressional Research Service legal sidebar explains why campaign trail claims that ICE endorsed Donald Trump for president are not accurate.

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The IT ambitions of USDA

Fiscal 2017 IT budget plans detail how the Agriculture Department aims to be a powerhouse in network and financial services.

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What a Senate flip could mean for feds and IT

If Democrats take control of the Senate, it will mean big changes at key committees and could prove to be a big deal for federal workforce and IT issues.

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Strategic sourcing saves, but not enough

Agencies are saving millions through federal strategic sourcing initiatives, but they're potentially leaving millions more on the table, according to an oversight report.

OMB floats new rules of the road for IT modernization

A draft policy sets out how agencies should prioritize IT modernization efforts.

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Elections could upend IT leadership on Capitol Hill

As Democrats seek to expand their seats, a few notable lawmakers with IT and workforce policy chops could find themselves out of office when the 115th Congress convenes.

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IT modernization isn't all about tech

More efficient and cost-effective IT often comes down to customer involvement and comfort, according to some IT experts.

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Data policy for a new administration

Experts have some advice for the next administration on tackling open-data initiatives early in its term to improve government operations and service.

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