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Can ISIS be stopped online?

Experts tell lawmakers that alternative approaches are needed -- including a less-visible government footprint.

Will Hurd

Hurd still not sold on IT modernization fund

The Texas techie told C-SPAN he thinks modernizing legacy systems is a critical issue, but he isn’t supporting the Obama administration’s $3.1 billion IT modernization fund.

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Farmers and allies seek looser drone rules from Congress

After hearing testimony from the farm data industry, lawmakers might push the FAA to relax line-of-sight rules for drone operators.

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House passes bill to expand IG powers

The Inspector General Empowerment Act would ensure that federal IGs can gain access to all the agency information they request in the course of an investigation.

Rep.  Alan Lowenthal, streamed on Facebook, broadcast on CSPAN

Smartphones and video apps powered House Dems' gun control sit-in

House Democrats used social media, personal tech and congressional Wi-Fi to disrupt and bypass the majority's authority, raising the question of how to enforce 18th-century rules of decorum in the Information Age.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Lawmakers look to GAO for answers on IT acquisition

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked GAO to scrutinize acquisition practices, the U.S. Digital Service's work priorities and the implementation of FITARA's CIO authorities.

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House bill funds OPM's IT modernization

Lawmakers recognize the importance of OPM's IT infrastructure overhaul, but also the pitfalls the project has run into in the past.

Major General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin

Cybercom touts attacks on ISIS

Military officials told the House Armed Services Committee that the hacking campaign against Islamic State has been a good testing ground for U.S. Cyber Command's ability to support combatant commands.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

Senate bill would require VA to stop using SSNs

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation that would make the VA stop using Social Security numbers as identifiers in its IT systems.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)

Palantir to sue Army over DCGS

Palantir has escalated its long-standing opposition to the Army's handling of contracting for the Distributed Common Ground System by announcing its intent to sue.

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Sen. Sessions wants fingerprints for visitors entering and exiting the U.S.

Biometric identity data for a visa entry and exit system should boil down to fingerprints, says the chairman of a Senate immigration subcommittee.

John Brennan

Brennan warns on encryption

In public testimony, CIA Director John Brennan cautioned lawmakers on how terrorists and other malefactors are taking advantage of commercial encryption tools.

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