The Hill


Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) at a July 2012 joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee for Veterans Affairs (DOD Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

HASC tackles acquisition bureaucracy

Lawmakers at a Jan. 7 House Armed Services Committee hearing explored both structural and technological challenges to acquisition reform.

Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz worries about reliance on legacy IT

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has particular concerns about the management of IT at the Department of Homeland Security.

Shutterstock image (by Sergey Nivens): Security concept, lock on a digital screen.

SBA slow to improve IT security, watchdog says

Lawmakers are seeking an overhaul of IT security management at the Small Business Administration, in the wake of a critical Government Accountability Office report.

Should Congress budget on a two-year cycle?

A biennial budget bill is being pushed in Congress, but many lawmakers and industry experts are skeptical of a two-year cycle for appropriations.

Shutterstock image: the capitol in the afternoon sun.

NASA's aging tech worries Capitol Hill watchdogs

Key lawmakers are seeking information from the space agency about its use of legacy IT with the goal of improving and modernizing its systems.

Fixing IT

FITARA set to pick up speed in 2016

Federal CIOs face more deadlines, but are taking new powers to heart.

Shutterstock image (by world of vector): cloud in the shape of a money bag with hanging coins.

Coming in 2016: Cloud legislation

The New Year will bring a bill designed to streamline the way agencies fund, acquire and approve the move to cloud computing.

capitol dome and bills

Congress passes $1.1T spending bill

Congress passed the omnibus appropriations bill on Dec. 18, funding the federal government through fiscal year 2016 and averting a possible shutdown.

lock globe and fiber optics

White House sends cyber deterrence policy to Congress

Lawmakers have long asked for such a policy, but the debate is likely only getting started now that they have one.

Ashton Carter

Defense chief used personal email for official business

The revelation raises questions about the security of information handled by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and revives concerns about email security practices in the Obama administration.

Shutterstock image (Orhan Cam): U.S. Capitol at night.

Congress grants the National Labs a FITARA exemption in omnibus

The $1.1 trillion spending bill includes a FITARA carve-out for the National Labs, some key appropriations for IT improvements and cybersecurity, and lumps of coal for a few problematic programs.

Info-sharing bill's advance is a landmark for DHS

The inclusion of cybersecurity information-sharing legislation in an omnibus package is a milestone in the Department of Homeland Security's evolving collaboration with the private sector on cyber.

Who are the Rising Stars?

Nominations for the 2016 Rising Star awards are now being accepted.

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group