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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.

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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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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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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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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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DHS plans expanded social media checks on Syrian refugees

Members of Congress are looking to DHS for a more complete regime of social media background checks on Syrian refugees looking to enter the U.S.

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House bill would repeal open data requirements in financial reporting

Lawmakers rejected efforts by open data advocates to amend a financial reporting bill to retain regulatory requirements to file company data in machine-readable form.

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OPM hack looms over Cobert confirmation hearing

Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert said she is committed to working with Congress on modernizing IT, but lawmakers raised concerns about the agency's apparent inability to turn over requested documents.

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State IG: Colin Powell, aides to Condoleezza Rice handled classified info in personal email

An IG review found that email messages containing classified information were sent to Colin Powell's personal account and to the personal accounts of Condoleezza Rice's immediate staff, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings.

OMB DDM Beth Cobert, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Jan. 14, 2014

Chaffetz subpoenas OPM's Cobert

Demand for more documents on the 2015 data breach comes on the eve of the acting director's confirmation hearing.

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New bill seeks to remove roadblocks to telehealth

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the CONNECT for Health Act to increase access to telehealth services and reduce costs.

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