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  • Comment
    FedRAMP logo. (Update 2014)

    FedRAMP Ready or FedRAMP Irrelevant?

    Despite GSA’s efforts to accelerate the FedRAMP approval process, the lack of agency reciprocity puts the program’s central goals at risk. 06/29/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

    Reps press HHS on ransomware

    The Department of Health and Human Services is weighing what kind of disclosures should follow a ransomware attack that involves health records. Two lawmakers urge a light touch. 06/28/2016

  • Shared Services
    Beth Angerman. Official photograph.

    Why Beth Angerman sees a shared-services opportunity

    Hacks, tight budgets and oversight are driving a governmentwide push to shared services. 06/28/2016

  • Modernization
    Will Hurd

    Hurd still not sold on IT modernization fund

    The Texas techie told C-SPAN he thinks modernizing legacy systems is a critical issue, but he isn’t supporting the Obama administration’s $3.1 billion IT modernization fund. 06/24/2016

  • Congress
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    Can ISIS be stopped online?

    Experts tell lawmakers that alternative approaches are needed -- including a less-visible government footprint. 06/24/2016

  • Congress
    Shutterstock image (by concept w): drone flying into the sunset.

    Farmers and allies seek looser drone rules from Congress

    After hearing testimony from the farm data industry, lawmakers might push the FAA to relax line-of-sight rules for drone operators. 06/23/2016

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock image (by Bacho): Businessman looking through a magnifying glass at a contract.

    House passes bill to expand IG powers

    The Inspector General Empowerment Act would ensure that federal IGs can gain access to all the agency information they request in the course of an investigation. 06/23/2016

  • Defense
    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. 06/22/2016

  • Oversight
    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. 06/22/2016

  • Shared Services
    Shared financial management

    DHS plans to expand shared services

    The agency's top financial officer said shared services have helped the department achieve clean audits, and more of its component agencies will be making the switch in the next five years. 06/22/2016

  • Law Enforcement
    Leslie Caldwell, assistant Attorney General. Photo credit: Sean Lyngaas, FCW.

    Tech groups oppose expanding FBI hacking authority

    A group of companies that includes Google and PayPal told Congress it is hard to imagine that a proposed federal rule change does not violate the Fourth Amendment. 06/21/2016

  • Cybersecurity

    High-impact federal systems are vulnerable and under constant assault

    According to a new report, federal agencies that store critical data are not fully prepared for the ongoing uptick in attacks on IT systems. 06/21/2016

  • Management abstract

    'Policy' and 'operations': Don’t choose one over the other

    Steve Kelman argues that government needs more leaders with experience in both areas. 06/20/2016

  • Contracting
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    Supreme Court sharpens False Claims Act definitions

    A recent Supreme Court ruling covering the False Claims Act is going to change the way contractors do business with the federal government. 06/20/2016

  • Contracting
    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. 06/20/2016

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