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  • Congress
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    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated. 09/23/2016

  • Open data
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    Treasury 'on track' to hit Data Act milestones

    Despite concerns, Treasury Department officials said they are on schedule to publish agency spending data by the May 2017 deadline. 09/20/2016

  • Cybersecurity

    Workforce tops cyber commission to-do list

    The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has completed its public hearings and turns to the tough task of agreeing on recommendations. 09/19/2016

  • Oversight
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    There's lots of ambiguity in agencies' embrace of agile

    GAO report warns that OMB's unclear guidance on agile development is interfering with agencies' ability to report on the status of such projects. 09/16/2016

  • Congress
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    Merged IT modernization bill punts on funding

    A House panel approved a new IT modernization bill that appears poised to pass, but key funding questions are left for appropriators. 09/15/2016

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    A sobering take on government contractors: What can be done?

    Steve Kelman has ideas for helping innovative firms clear the hurdles to doing business with the government. 09/15/2016

  • Encryption
    Marcel Lettre, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

    New policy on encryption appears unlikely

    The director of the National Security Agency and the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence told a Senate panel that encryption issues would continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis. 09/13/2016

  • Cloud
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    Why contract language matters with cloud

    GSA's FedRAMP is a good starting point for cloud security, but experts say agencies must fine-tune their arrangements with vendors by using service-level agreements. 09/13/2016

  • Critical Read
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    Managing the transition

    A new report from the Partnership for Public Service wants the next administration to treat government as an integrated enterprise and tap the existing talent pool. 09/12/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    GSA retools Schedule 70 for cyber

    Government technology purchasers using GSA's Schedule 70 have new options for acquiring cybersecurity services. 09/12/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Gregory Touhill

    New CISO faces tough sprint

    Greg Touhill, the first governmentwide CISO, will have a long task list and a short window of time as the Obama administration enters its last four months. 09/09/2016

  • Privacy
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    Are NIST's privacy controls out of date?

    Federal chief privacy officers are charged with ensuring that agencies store data legally and safely, but some are concerned that their policy guidelines are outmoded. 09/09/2016

  • Congress
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    What a December CR means for federal workers

    Capitol Hill leaders plan to seek a temporary funding measure to keep the government open through Dec. 9, a move that will have consequences for the federal workforce. 09/09/2016

  • Homeland Security
    Jeh Johnson

    Johnson: Cyber reorg should be priority for next Congress

    The long-planned reorganization and upgrade of DHS' primary cybersecurity office should be a top priority for the next Congress, the DHS secretary said. 09/08/2016

  • Acquisition
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    How the IC can improve acquisitions

    Although ODNI Director James Clapper said the intelligence community's acquisition practices are pretty sound, an advisory council lists some areas to work on. 09/07/2016

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