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    Analysis paralysis in government?

    Finding a balance between studying a problem to death and taking swift action can be tricky, but there are signs that federal managers are trying to address the challenge. 10/24/2016

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    Trump promises federal hiring freeze

    In a weekend policy speech, the Republican presidential nominee announced plans to trim the federal workforce by attrition. 10/24/2016

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    Watchdogs honored at IG awards

    Members of the federal inspector general community were honored for their tech oversight achievements at the 19th annual CIGIE awards. 10/21/2016

  • Defense
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    DARPA transfers powerful space telescope to the Air Force

    The Air Force Space Command is taking over operations of a sophisticated telescope built to survey and track space debris and satellites. 10/21/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    Pentagon names firms to run bug bounty program

    The Defense Department developed a contract vehicle that will let DOD components launch crowdsourced bug bounty campaigns to identify and remedy vulnerabilities in digital defenses. 10/21/2016

  • Big Data
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    Commerce taps big-data development partners

    The Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service has chosen 35 companies and academic organizations to capitalize on the federal government's vast data assets. 10/21/2016

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    There’s still hope for IT modernization funding

    There is more than one way to pay for modernization efforts at federal agencies. 10/21/2016

  • Cybersecurity

    Think tank: U.S. elections are far from hack-proof

    Despite frequent reassurances from intelligence and security officials that the U.S. voting system can't be hacked, one cybersecurity think tank is warning that hacking the election is not only possible, but relatively easy. 10/20/2016

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    OMB director announces new digital privacy office

    The White House is creating a new digital privacy office and senior career position to oversee agency privacy and data collection programs. 10/20/2016

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    Census calls off 2017 field tests, cites funding uncertainty

    Bureau officials said the decision to cancel the upcoming tests is not ideal, but it is "the best overall operation remaining amid current uncertainty" about fiscal 2017 funding. 10/20/2016

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    Bank regulators mull new cyber standards

    The three banking regulatory agencies that oversee large U.S. financial institutions are seeking comments on proposed new standards for cyber resilience. 10/20/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    Red teaming isn't easy

    Cybersecurity testing and contract specifications that industry takes for granted can be a bear to implement in some federal IT contracts. 10/20/2016

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    NSA: Hackers find an easy path to U.S. systems

    A senior NSA official says that none of the major hacks of U.S. systems in the last two years relied on zero-day exploits. Instead, they took advantage of easier vulnerabilities resulting from poor cyber hygiene and practices. 10/19/2016

  • Emerging Technology
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    Why regulators need to grok new tech

    FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said regulators need to understand technology before they seek to regulate it. 10/19/2016

  • Homeland Security
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    DHS warns holdout states on REAL ID deadlines

    States are closer to complying with REAL ID, but deadlines are firm, the Department of Homeland Security warned. 10/19/2016

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