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    A call for visionary investment

    Investing in IT modernization is not an either-or proposition, Rep. Connolly writes. This pandemic has presented Congress a choice: We can put our head in the sand and pretend these failures didn't happen, or we can take action to be prepared for the future. 09/24/2020

  • Comment
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    Don't tap COVID relief for IT modernization funds

    Taxpayer money spent on the response to the pandemic should be targeted and temporary, with significant transparency and accountability, and should not include a proposed $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund. 09/23/2020

  • Budget
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    House passes stopgap spending bill

    The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass. 09/22/2020

  • Cybersecurity
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    GAO report calls for White House cyber director

    Congress may have to step in to carve out a White House position charged with implementing protective cybersecurity measures. 09/22/2020

  • Defense
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    DOD floats plan to build its own 5G network

    The Defense Department issued a request for information looking for ideas on implementing dynamic spectrum sharing to support 5G development and deployment for military and commercial users. 09/21/2020

  • Congress
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    House tees up continuing resolution to avoid Oct. 1 shutdown

    Protected leave for federal health workers and a USCIS funding measure are included in the stopgap bill. 09/21/2020

  • IT Modernization
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    VA taps CARES Act funds for IT

    The Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to reprogram about $250 million in COVID-19 emergency funding to modernize its troubled education benefits system. 09/16/2020

  • Congress
    IoT fuels next-gen law enforcement

    House votes for new rules on federal IOT acquisition

    Legislation from congressional tech stalwarts would add security requirements for connected devices purchased by the federal government. 09/15/2020

  • Defense
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    What to look for in DOD's coming spectrum strategy

    Interoperability, integration and JADC2 are likely to figure into an updated electromagnetic spectrum strategy expected soon from the Department of Defense. 09/15/2020

  • Workforce
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    Tax deferral plan steams ahead

    Despite opposition in Congress and skepticism from employee unions, the administration is going ahead with a mandatory tax deferral scheme for federal employees and the uniformed military. 09/14/2020

  • Defense
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    'Huawei ban' means contract modifications

    The General Services Administration is seeing high rates of acceptance of contract modifications from contractors to comply with acquisition rules in the 2019 defense bill. 09/11/2020

  • Workforce
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    OPM nominee deflects questions about conspiracy tweets

    John Gibbs, the HUD official selected to lead the Office of Personnel Management, wasn't pressed by lawmakers on a history of controversial tweets of conspiracy theories and calling the Democrats the party of Islam. 09/10/2020

  • Workforce
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    OPM plans to field employee survey next week

    The long-delayed Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey will kick off on Sept. 14. 09/10/2020

  • Congress
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    Don't expect finished defense bill soon, Thornberry says

    Rep. Mac Thornberry, the House Armed Services Committee's ranking member, said the November elections could hold up negotiations over key provisions in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. 09/09/2020

  • Workforce
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    Senators push to make payroll tax deferral optional for feds, service members

    Lawmakers are concerned about potential consequences of a mandatory tax deferral being rolled out by the Trump administration. 09/08/2020

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  • Comment
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    A post-COVID IT roadmap

    It's time to start talking about the next steps we need to take to ensure that our IT infrastructure and tools can continue to support the remote workers, while providing state-of-the-art, timely customer service 10/25/2020

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    How a telework bill can boost security, modernization

    The bipartisan Pandemic Federal Telework Act would make technology and security an integral part of telework planning and data reporting. 10/16/2020

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    A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

    COVID-19 has shown the importance of the extensibility and scalability of the cloud and has been a forcing factor, expediting modernization initiatives – including security modernization. 10/05/2020