• Internet of Things
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    House bill looks to secure IoT ecosystem

    New legislation would improve security and oversight of connected devices. 10/10/2017

  • Immigration
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    E-Verify role upped in White House plans

    A new White House immigration wish list calls for 100 percent employer participation in DHS' online worker status verification system. 10/09/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Audit chides FDIC for sloppy breach protocols

    An audit found that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's protocols for responding to a data breach weren't followed, even as the agency has faced dozens of security incidents in the past two years. 10/06/2017

  • Census
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    NAACP sues Commerce amid concerns over census prep, funding

    The NAACP has filed a lawsuit against the Commerce Department alleging the agency illegally withheld internal documents regarding the Census Bureau's preparation for the 2020 count. 10/06/2017

  • Point-Counterpoint
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    The CIO and government IT

    Two longtime federal IT leaders discuss the pros and cons of elevating agency CIOs in the executive branch power structure. 10/06/2017

  • Intelligence
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    House panel looks to curtail spy powers

    Draft legislation before the House Intelligence committee puts new restrictions on the use surveillance powers to target Americans, but privacy advocates are looking for more reforms. 10/05/2017

  • Workforce
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    How big is the federal workforce, really?

    Despite administration concerns about bloat, one new estimate pegs the size of the federal workforce as smaller than under Ronald Reagan. 10/05/2017

  • Congress
    A section of border wall goes up in San Diego

    $10B House border bill pushes high-tech solutions

    The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to build in tech and new acquisition rules to border security. 10/05/2017

  • Critical Read
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    Is USPS prepping for driverless mail trucks?

    A report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General examines how autonomous vehicle technology could change the way the Postal Service transports and delivers the mail. 10/04/2017

  • Homeland Security
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    Border tech bill clears Senate committee

    A bill to require DHS and components to keep a closer eye on major border security technology acquisitions could soon see a vote in the full Senate. 10/04/2017

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock image (by Sergey Nivens): Security concept, lock on a digital screen.

    IRS IT leaders didn't know about $7M Equifax award

    IRS CIO Gina Garza told Congress that she and other tech officials at the tax agency did not sign off on a $7 million contract awarded to Equifax a month after the credit monitoring firm disclosed a massive data breach. 10/04/2017

  • Management
    Shutterstock image: executive connecting individuals to one another.

    Do agencies need more flexibility for reorgs?

    Shared services and workforce reductions are expected to feature prominently in the White House’s plan to reorganize the federal government, but some changes could benefit from additional outside authorities. 10/03/2017

  • Oversight

    IT outages create headaches for CBP field workers

    Despite a $1.4 billion IT budget, the agency responsible for screening people and cargo entering the U.S. from abroad suffers from system downtime that could lead to increased security risks, according to an internal oversight report. 10/03/2017

  • Homeland Security

    DHS still pushing to rename cyber shop

    A bill that would rename and federate a key Homeland Security cybersecurity component is key to fueling the agency's efforts in cybersecurity and its overall image, supporters say. 10/03/2017

  • Comment
    Shutterstock image (by Pressmaster):  drafting a construction plan.

    Let's change the "I" in RFI from information to interaction

    To truly work together, government and industry should do a lot more talking. 10/03/2017

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