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  • Oversight
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    GAO: Data problems could be costing feds billions

    A new report attributes many federal agency redundancies to a failure to manage, or even collect, the right data. 04/13/2016

  • Veterans Affairs
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    House, Senate committees back $4.2B for IT at VA

    House and Senate appropriations panels approved funding measures that essentially match administration requests for the Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 04/13/2016

  • Congress
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    House panel advances Email Privacy Act

    The act would update a 30-year-old law to require the government to use a warrant to force tech firms to turn over their customers' stored electronic communications. 04/13/2016

  • Acquisition
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    CIO Scott surprised by crisp pace of FITARA implementation

    With the majority of agency FITARA implementation plans approved and posted, the federal CIO said the process of reimagining federal IT management has gone more smoothly than expected. 04/13/2016

  • Digital Gov
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    Why USAJobs needs an overhaul

    A Senate roundtable examined the deficiencies of the USAJobs website and offered solutions to modernize the federal government's HR front door. 04/13/2016

  • Opinion
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    Getting FITARA right

    It's been nearly 16 months since the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act was signed into law, but there's still much to do on the implementation front. 04/13/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    IRS systems still vulnerable to cyber criminals

    Government auditors told Congress that the IRS systems continue to show significant information security weaknesses. 04/12/2016

  • Workforce
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    Federal CIO: Hire faster, from every discipline

    Federal CIO Tony Scott said getting new people -- and new roles -- into government as soon as possible is critical, and when it comes to cybersecurity, a range of disciplines is ideal. 04/12/2016

  • Congress
    Will Hurd

    Hurd warns against rigid IT budgeting

    Rep. Will Hurd told FCW that the notion that "if you don't spend it, you lose it [is] the wrong kind of incentive to have in purchasing IT goods and services." 04/12/2016

  • Acquisition
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    DHS helps mobile firm move into GSA's Schedule 70 fast lane

    The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate helped a small mobile security company join GSA’s largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in just 35 days. 04/11/2016

  • Acquisition Matters
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    To buy better, government must know what it spends

    Agencies can put more money on mission by analyzing accounts payable data. The former leader of the U.K.'s Government Procurement Service explains what it takes. 04/11/2016

  • Congress
    Tom Carper

    Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition

    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies. 04/08/2016

  • Customer Service
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    Funding bought taxpayers better service

    After a previous year of hang-ups and frustration, taxpayers are getting better treatment from the IRS in 2016 as auditors man the customer service phone lines. 04/08/2016

  • Oversight
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    GAO says mostly good news on cloud contracts

    Asked to examine cloud service agreements, GAO found room for improvement but said that overall, agencies are covering their bases. 04/07/2016

  • Congress
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    Senators seek answers on TSA tech

    Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget. 04/07/2016

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