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  • Congress
    McCain at Heritage today.

    McCain dresses down DOD deputy nominee

    President Trump's nominee for deputy defense secretary faced strong criticism from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain over his background at Boeing and for some of the answers the nominee provided to senators during his confirmation hearing. 06/20/2017

  • Budget
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    DOD to Congress: continuing resolution threatens modernization

    The U.S. military is facing new threats from technologically savvy adversaries, and unless Congress provides stable funding, U.S. forces will be increasingly vulnerable in the cyber domain say Pentagon leaders. 06/16/2017

  • Workforce
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    Senators: Reorg plans must balance workforce cuts against mission success

    Agencies expect to hit the first deadline set by the White House's plan to restructure government and reduce the size of the workforce, but lawmakers want to make sure their efforts don't come at the expense of effective operations. 06/16/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Want to stop the next WannaCry? Stop classifying and start sharing

    The former federal CISO and other experts tell Congress that aggressive public-private collaboration is the key to warding off global contagion attacks. 06/15/2017

  • Workforce
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    House Dems push back on Trump's pension cuts for feds

    In a letter addressed to the House's speaker and minority leader, Democratic lawmakers rebuked the White House for proposed cuts to the federal workforce in the fiscal year 2018 budget request. 06/15/2017

  • Veterans Affairs
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    Congress offers $65M as down payment on Vista replacement

    House Appropriators are budgeting $65 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to launch its plan to acquire a commercial health record, but the funding comes with conditions. 06/14/2017

  • Veterans Affairs
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    VA accountability bill clears Congress

    The House approves a Senate bill that gives the Veterans Affairs secretary new authority to discipline and fire problem employees while enhancing whistleblower protections. 06/13/2017

  • Congress
    President Trump

    COVFEFE the typo becomes COVFEFE the bill

    Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) riffed on a recent Twitter meme with legislation that would expand the Presidential Records Act to explicitly include social media posts as documentary material. 06/12/2017

  • Oversight
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    Grassley calls Trump administration's oversight claims 'nonsense'

    A leading Senate Republican is amplifying claims by House Democrats for access to Trump administration officials and materials for oversight purposes. A new lawsuit, meanwhile, also could shake loose relevant documents and details. 06/12/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Congress wants oversight of DOD cyber ops

    Legislators have introduced a bill requiring the Pentagon to provide details of sensitive military cyber weapons and cyber operations. 06/09/2017

  • Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) / Photo: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    Gowdy given oversight gavel

    The Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 06/08/2017

  • Congress
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    Library of Congress reports progress on IT security and modernization

    CIO Bernard Barton told lawmakers that GAO recommendations are being put into practice. 06/08/2017

  • Intelligence
    James Comey takes an oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8 2017

    Comey warns Russia will be back

    While many questions remained unanswered after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, he made one point abundantly clear: Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and it will do so again. 06/08/2017

  • Law Enforcement
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    U.S. faces challenges tracking cryptocurrencies

    Improved IT systems, new training and updated legislation are needed to track the use of virtual currencies by ransomware crooks and terrorists, according to a U.S. official. 06/08/2017

  • Veterans Affairs
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    Timeline, budget for VA health record switch in progress

    VA Secretary David Shulkin told a Senate panel it could take up to six months before a plan is in place to acquire services from commercial electronic health record provider Cerner. 06/08/2017

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