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Spectrum bill passes Senate panel

A bill backed by Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) looks to free up more government spectrum for mobile broadband.

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McCaul floats encryption commission to Silicon Valley

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, took a humble tack at RSA, saying that, "most members [of Congress] don’t understand what encryption is."

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The 'Fix FedRAMP' crowd agitates for change

An industry advocacy group released a six-point plan asking for improvements to help promote speed and transparency in the government process for vetting cloud service providers.

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Lawmakers seek controls for access to geolocation data

The Department of Justice is resisting calls from some members of Congress to use warrants to access historical geolocation data.

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Senators seek to foster governmentwide approach to IoT

A new bill would create a framework for discussing policy for the growing Internet of Things space.

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Visa Waiver Program now includes daily database check

More frequent database checks for Visa Waiver Program applicants is helping to prevent a potential blind spot, CBP's chief said.

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Energy Dept. seeks $83M increase to harden grid against cyberattack

The Department of Energy has requested an $83 million increase in funding to modernize the US electrical grid, the largest increase for any DOE research and development initiative.

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Army seeks more cyber dollars in 2017 budget

The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army cautioned Congress that even a requested increase in funding won't be enough to get officials where they want to be.

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GSA's Roth quizzed over IT modernization fund

Lawmakers are unsure whether the $3.1 billion plan to fund a rolling governmentwide tech refresh is a good bet.

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House passes bills to streamline federal hiring, presidential transition

The House passed two workforce related – one to eliminate administrative roadblocks in federal hiring and another to smooth presidential transitions.

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Congress weighs in on FBI-Apple dispute

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle had serious questions about whether the FBI should be able to compel Apple to build software to support its investigative efforts.

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Details emerge about planned digital security commission

A new bill would create a commission to probe and issue recommendations on how to walk the line between privacy and security when it comes to commercially available encryption and other technologies.

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