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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

Senate VA bill looks to change agency culture, accelerate termination for cause

A new bill would make it easier for the VA secretary to fire executives and rank-and-file employees.

Thunderbird Supercomputer at the Sandia National Labs.

HPC boosters back FITARA exemption for national labs

At a Capitol Hill conference, high-performance computer operators and vendors said the powerful machines should not be categorized as garden-variety IT for the purposes of procurement.

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Library of Congress to retire Thomas

After 21 years of service, the legislative database and website Thomas is being retired in favor of a more modern system.

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House bill would carve out new powers for HHS CISO

Under a new bill proposed by Reps. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), the chief information security officer at the Department of Health and Human Service would assume new authorities, outside the reporting structure of the CIO.

Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisonsin) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware).

Senators press OMB for A-130 update

Two key senators are getting impatient waiting for a new version of a key piece of governmentwide IT policy that hasn't been updated in 15 years.

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House passes email protection bill

House-passed updates to the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act eliminate differences in the way locally and remotely stored email messagess are treated when it comes to law enforcement access.

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Town halls aren't fixing DHS

Employees throughout the Homeland Security Department's diverse components are less engaged than feds in any other agency. Is it a leadership problem?

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House Republicans tout innovation agenda

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to spur the pace at which government adapts and adopts new technology.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Senator looks to counter botnets

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) teased plans for legislation against the scourge of botnets at a Georgetown appearance.

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FDA's cyber guidance gets key congressman's support

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is backing the Food and Drug Administration's proposed cybersecurity guidance for medical device manufacturers.

New bill looks for clarity on cost-based procurement at DOD

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are teeing up legislation to discourage the use of lowest price technically acceptable in defense IT procurement.

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National labs' FITARA exemption nixed in Senate funding bill

The Senate bill appropriating fiscal 2017 funds for the Energy Department does not renew a controversial provision that exempted the national labs from Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act rules.

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