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Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)

Lawmaker proposes cyber squad to educate campaign pros

Rep. Terri Sewell wants the federal government to take a hand in improving the cyber hygiene of political campaigns.

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Wyden presses spy chief on surveillance powers

Sen. Ron Wyden wants the Trump administration to publicly state whether the FISA law applies to communications that are "entirely domestic."

Lawmakers seek answers on agencies' use of Kaspersky tech

A House committee is asking federal agencies to turn over any records related to their use of software from a company suspected of having ties to the Kremlin.

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NDAA could expand funding for student startup program

The Hacking for Defense initiative, which could be funded by the FY 18 defense bill, taps undergraduate teams to help solve DOD issues.

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Bill calls for a smart wall

New legislation by Texas Rep. Will Hurd would require DHS to assess technology options and develop a comprehensive plan for the border wall.

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Thompson dishes on Census concerns, needs for catch-up

Recently retired Census Director John Thompson raised concerns about the status and swelling cost of the decennial count and urged Congress to adequately fund the final preparations.

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Tech and wall are inseparable, border security managers say

A physical wall isn't effective without integrated technology and agents who have access to real-time data.

Rep. Gerald Connolly

FITARA Enhancement Act moves forward

The stand-alone bill is a backup plan in case key extensions are not included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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More opt-ins, more questions for FirstNet

Five states have said they will use the nationwide broadband network for first responders, but costs still concern states weighing whether to join.

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DHS authorization could give acquisition a boost

The DHS authorization bill making its way through the House would help the agency make more progress sorting out its acquisition processes, a Capitol Hill oversight committee official said.

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NAPA report calls for overhaul of civil service system

Calling the government's human capital system "fundamentally broken," a new report calls for a federated system that focuses on staffing agencies to help them achieve their missions.

Claire McCaskill

McCaskill wants answers on immigration IT

The ranking Democrat on the Senate on Homeland Security committee wants to see acquisition and decision documentation, alternatives for the beleaguered DHS immigration processing system dubbed ELIS.

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