VA officials were grilled by lawmakers on a pause in the acquisition of a scheduling system and a possible rethink of the agency's homegrown electronic health record.
In a bipartisan push, lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would make federal data open and publicly available by default.
A new bill would require agency CIOs to inventory software licenses and report on savings and cost avoidance from improved acquisition strategies.
A new report attributes many federal agency redundancies to a failure to manage, or even collect, the right data.
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.
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.
Government auditors told Congress that the IRS systems continue to show significant information security weaknesses.
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."
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.
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legislation supporting an Obama administration plan to appropriate $3.1 billion for a capital fund to modernize outdated federal IT systems.
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.
Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget.