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Spy powers overshadowed by Russia in Senate hearing

Officials testifying about the extension of a key surveillance program spent most of a Senate hearing dodging questions about President Trump.

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VA preps for its sprint to acquire a commercial health record

After announcing it would switch to a commercial electronic health record system, the Department of Veterans Affairs must race to make a deal with Cerner.

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DHS chief doubles down on critical infrastructure designation for voting systems

In the wake of a leaked intelligence document describing Russian attempts to hack voting systems, DHS Secretary John Kelly reiterated his support for providing election systems with federal protection.

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Trump pushes plan to privatize air traffic control

The White House is backing long-held plans to privatize air traffic control operations to jumpstart progress on a massive technology upgrade.

Lawmakers seek answers on alleged FCC DDoS attack

Five Democratic senators are seeking an FBI investigation into possible cyberattacks on the Federal Communication Commission's online comment system.

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Senators want a (bug) bounty on DHS

Senators have introduced legislation to establish a Department of Homeland Security bug bounty program modeled on the Hack the Pentagon that would unleash white-hat hackers on agency systems.

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Moran pushes MGT in the Senate

The MGT Act's Republican sponsor discusses the bill's prospects for passage.

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VA looks at cut in tech funding

While the Department of Veterans Affairs gets a budget bump in the administration's spending plan, the line item for IT comes in for a cut as the agency mulls shifting its tech strategy.

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Congressman files new 'hack back' bill

A new draft bill would allow private companies to use "active cyber defense measures" in response to a hack, but officials warn such measures could result in cyber escalation and unintended consequences.

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Can government stop using Social Security numbers?

Agencies are having trouble reducing reliance on Social Security numbers as identifiers because of outdated systems, insufficient funding and lack of coordination from OMB.

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What the PATCH Act doesn't do

Proponents of the current Vulnerabilities Equities Process say the proposed PATCH Act will likely improve the process, but it is just one piece of a larger cybersecurity puzzle.

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IT acquisition reform's time is now

Promising examples abound, but real leadership focus is needed to achieve meaningful digital government services and security.

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