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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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White House, Senate at odds over Census funding

The administration is concerned that a Senate appropriations bill starves the Census Bureau of $100 million needed to complete the 2020 Census design.

Russian Tupelov Tu154

Hill leaders look to block upgrade in Russian surveillance gear

Russia is seeking to upgrade the digital camera it uses in U.S. surveillance flyovers permitted under the Open Skies Treaty, but some in Congress are hoping to block the move.

Federal CIO Tony Scott  (Photo: Robert Severi for FCW)

$3 billion worth of IT is about to kick the bucket

Federal CIO Tony Scott is again warning that the government faces a crisis of outmoded IT.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Gardner, Warner launch Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

The founders of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus seek to educate lawmakers on one of the most bedeviling policy challenges of the day.

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