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Lawmakers want NOAA to yield spectrum

A bipartisan congressional group has asked the FCC and NTIA to free up NOAA spectrum for commercial use.

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Labor misses deadline to bid cyber contract, re-ups with Accenture

According to contracting documents, the Labor Department needs Accenture to maintain its cyber defenses in the midst of the ongoing governmentwide cybersecurity sprint.

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IRS fighting for 2010 funding in 2017

The tax agency has struggled with scandals and legacy tech, and blamed data leaks and abysmal customer service on funding cuts, but Republicans don't seem to think the IRS can fix its problems with money.

Will Hurd

Hurd sees promise in revolving IT fund but wants agencies to carry the ball

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) welcomed the administration's cybersecurity budget and IT modernization efforts but said it is up to agencies to make the most of them.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)

New bill seeks to preempt state encryption rules

Two lawmakers want to head off efforts by states to write their own rules when it comes to encryption and law enforcement.

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Intel officials dwell on encryption as a potential security problem

FBI Director James Comey and other senior intelligence leaders told Congress that the use of encrypted communications by terrorists and other adversaries remains a problem for investigators.

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New bill would enshrine OMB's software licensing policy in law

A Senate bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that every executive agency develops a comprehensive software licensing policy.

James Clapper

Russia, China continue to pose cyber threat to U.S. networks

Top intelligence officials tell a Senate committee they remain wary of ever-growing cybersecurity risks.

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McCain exhorts Silicon Valley to play ball on 'going dark' issue

In a Feb. 5 op-ed, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman called industry executives' objections to weakening encryption "ideologically motivated and profit-driven, though not without merit."

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Tax systems back up, failure still under investigation

After a reported hardware failure crippled key tax systems, the IRS got the systems back online in a little more than 24 hours.

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New bill seeks to add agility to electronic warfare development

Two senators are calling for more funding flexibility for the Pentagon's electronic warfare programs.

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Hardware failure brings down tax systems

On the cusp of tax season, unexplained tech troubles forced the IRS to suspend several key digital operations.

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