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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.

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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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House adds cyber strategy provision to defense bill

The House overwhelmingly passed the 2018 defense bill after adding cyber provisions, including the requirement for the DOD to update its cyber strategy and definition of cyber deterrence.

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House bill provides $1.6B for border wall

The House DHS appropriations bill funds border wall construction at $1.6 billion, with more than $200 million in supporting tech.

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Workforce antidiscrimination bill sails through House

The House of Representatives passed by voice vote a bill that would codify stronger anti-discrimination protections for federal employees.

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Will MGT pass before recess?

As the Senate grapples with lingering challenges, an IT modernization bill that sailed through the House of Representative and enjoys White House support still awaits committee markup.

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Why cyber capabilities are more important than strategy

The Senate version of the 2018 defense bill calls for the creation of a cyber strategy, but one former DOD official says the U.S. must focus on capabilities and authorities first.

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SBA CIO grapples with modernization

A House committee urged the Small Business Administration CIO to flatten the org chart and improve on cybersecurity.

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Is GSA getting too political?

Some Hill Democrats are pushing back on a decision to make the Federal Acquisition Service chief a political appointee.

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