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  • Census
    Shutterstock editorial image (by Gil C): State Census Bureau homepage.

    GAO sustains protest in $283M Census mobile contract

    As the Census Bureau prepares to ramp up its preparations on a tight budget and schedule, the Government Accountability Office decided a critical $283 million contract was not rightfully awarded. 10/18/2017

  • GSA's blockchain blockbuster

    Steve Kelman goes deep with Jose Arrieta about GSA's work to bring distributed ledger technology into the acquisition process. 10/18/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    China's push to lead in AI

    China's new cybersecurity law does more than undergird plans for AI market dominance -- it shows how the government is building out rules for a new age of computing. 10/17/2017

  • Oversight
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    White House: No new policy for encrypted chat apps

    In a terse response to probing questions from Capitol Hill, a White House liaison indicates that there's no new policy when it comes to encrypted messaging platforms. 10/17/2017

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS mandates new security standards for federal networks

    The Department of Homeland Security is requiring agencies to use new email and web security protocols. 10/16/2017

  • Contracting
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    IRS suspends Equifax contract

    After a tough congressional hearing and news of more infosec woes at Equifax, the IRS suspended a $7.2 million contract with the credit monitoring agency. 10/13/2017

  • Congress
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    House passes FITARA extension

    The bill expands on the 2014 legislation to permanently authorize transparency and risk management in IT investments and extends the sunset dates of data center consolidation provisions. 10/12/2017

  • Defense
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    Can the Army sell Congress on modernization?

    Why the Army needs to solve its communication problem with Congress if it hopes to secure more funding. 10/10/2017

  • Census
    Shutterstock editorial image (by Gil C): State Census Bureau homepage.

    Commerce: 2020 census to cost $3B more than planned

    IT cost overruns and fears of low online response rates have contributed to a steep upward revision of the costs of counting the U.S. population in 2020. 10/10/2017

  • Modernization
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    Do acquisition deadlines spur innovation?

    IT modernization legislation looks to avoid the end-of-year spending spree, but some say time pressure can spark creativity. 10/10/2017

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis: 'Open communication' with private sector is the key to acquisition reform

    Pushing forward with the department's reorganization plan, Defense Secretary James Mattis said "it's time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it." 10/09/2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • IT Modernization
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    Oracle rips innovation shops

    In comments on a planned governmentwide modernization scheme, database firm Oracle called on the federal government to rethink open source and hiring software coders. 10/04/2017

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