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  • Defense
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    What to make of the NDAA's latest DOD reorgs

    The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act splits the undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics position into two new undersecretary roles -- one focused on acquisition, the other on innovation. What does that mean for the future of defense tech? 12/23/2016

  • Intelligence
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    Lawmakers: Snowden a fabricator, not a whistleblower

    Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who stole and leaked sensitive documents was a disgruntled employee and liar who is in league with Russian intelligence, says a newly declassified House Intelligence Committee report. 12/23/2016

  • Oversight
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    Carper: Spend money to save money on DHS HQ

    With the construction of the DHS headquarters project only two-thirds funded, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee minority leader urges Congress not to leave it hanging. 12/22/2016

  • IT Systems
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    DHS moves to dismantle visitor registry program

    The department is issuing rule changes to put the final nail in the coffin of a long-abandoned program targeting countries with active terrorist groups. 12/22/2016

  • Records Management
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    Email management deadline looms

    Agencies have until Dec. 31 to manage their email records in electronic format, and abandon antiquated print-to-file methods. Not all of them are going to make it. 12/22/2016

  • Comment
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    How to survive and thrive in the Trump administration

    Advice for career federal executives navigating the awkward "in-between" time of a presidential transition. 12/21/2016

  • Congress
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    Lawmakers warn against weakening encryption

    A congressional working group studying encryption has concluded that strong encryption is in the national interest, but needs of law enforcement must be accommodated. 12/21/2016

  • Contracting
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    Prison sentence for GSA Advantage fraudster

    A former Defense Department procurement official will serve nearly three years in prison for stealing and reselling millions of dollars of equipment and material obtained through GSA's online shopping and ordering system. 12/21/2016

  • Congress
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    House panel seeks new rules for Stingrays

    Technology used by law enforcement agencies to track the location of a cell phone needs to be better regulated, a House report concluded. 12/20/2016

  • Defense
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    DOD watchdog lists top 10 challenges for 2017

    The Pentagon Inspector General's office has released its Fiscal Year 2017 Oversight Plan that focuses on 10 performance and management challenges facing the DOD, including cyber. 12/20/2016

  • Contracting
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    GAO sustains more protests in 2016

    The GAO's annual bid protest report to Congress shows a spike in the number of protests filed. 12/20/2016

  • Transition
    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

    Mulvaney's record shows tilt toward outsourcing, cutting federal workforce

    President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget doesn't have a long record on IT issues, but he's shown an interest in outsourcing to the private sector and trimming the federal workforce by attrition. 12/19/2016

  • Oversight
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    Obama signs bill clarifying IG authority

    At the close of his administration, President Obama signed into law a measure that specifies access for inspectors general to agency information. 12/19/2016

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    Procurement policy and the transition sweepstakes

    While would-be Trump officials are lobbying for jobs, Steve Kelman makes the case for some fundamental policy priorities. 12/19/2016

  • People
    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

    South Carolina congressman is Trump's pick for OMB director

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a fiscal hawk and founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget. 12/16/2016

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