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House bill looks to bank software savings

A new bill would require agency CIOs to inventory software licenses and report on savings and cost avoidance from improved acquisition strategies.

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GAO: Data problems could be costing feds billions

A new report attributes many federal agency redundancies to a failure to manage, or even collect, the right data.

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House panel advances Email Privacy Act

The act would update a 30-year-old law to require the government to use a warrant to force tech firms to turn over their customers' stored electronic communications.

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House, Senate committees back $4.2B for IT at VA

House and Senate appropriations panels approved funding measures that essentially match administration requests for the Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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IRS systems still vulnerable to cyber criminals

Government auditors told Congress that the IRS systems continue to show significant information security weaknesses.

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Hurd warns against rigid IT budgeting

Rep. Will Hurd told FCW that the notion that "if you don't spend it, you lose it [is] the wrong kind of incentive to have in purchasing IT goods and services."

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White House offers details on $3.1B IT modernization plan

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will introduce legislation supporting an Obama administration plan to appropriate $3.1 billion for a capital fund to modernize outdated federal IT systems.

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Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies.

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Cryptography experts critical of Senate encryption bill

Encryption legislation proposed by leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is being met with fierce criticism from experts, and some reports suggest the White House will not back the measure.

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Senators seek answers on TSA tech

Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget.

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Lawmakers mull full command status for Cyber Command

The move would acknowledge the maturation of the five-year-old command as it supports U.S. operations against Islamic State and other high-level missions.

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U.S.-China still at odds on cybersecurity issues

President Barack Obama said he will continue to discuss matters of cybersecurity with the Chinese president on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. Some U.S. lawmakers and experts think he should be doing more.

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