Policy


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Will funding standoff lead to a shutdown?

As Congress returns from recess with one working week to fund the government, OMB has taken the precaution of posting shutdown guidance on its website.

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McKinsey: A public sector rethink could save $3.5 trillion worldwide

Governments around the world stand to save $3.5 trillion annually within the next five years if they maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their spending.

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Is IT exempt from Trump's 'Buy American' order?

Given the global supply chain, determining the national provenance of a piece of technology is a tricky business. And in any case, Congress long ago carved out an exception for commercial IT products.

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JIDO goes agile, but can DOD?

The Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Organization has spent the last five years implementing an agile DevOps framework, but scaling that across the DOD is another challenge altogether.

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'Buy American' order puts procurement in the spotlight

Some IT contractors are worried that the "buy American" executive order from President Trump could squeeze key innovators out of the market.

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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.

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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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