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  • Cybersecurity

    Lawmakers, CSIS unveil cyber recommendations for Trump administration

    A cybersecurity task force recommended that the Trump administration move quickly to improve and reorganize oversight authorities, elevate the role of the White House cybersecurity coordinator and clarify the cyber defense roles of civilian and military agencies. 01/05/2017

  • Intelligence
    McCain at Heritage today.

    Senators support intel findings on Russia, call for deterrence policy

    Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed support for the intelligence community and its assessment that Russia hacked Democratic Party servers to influence the election and called for more defined cyber deterrence policy. 01/05/2017

  • Health IT
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    Does HealthCare.gov have a future?

    Congressional Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. What would that mean for the $1B website that is the front door to the program? 01/04/2017

  • Contracting
    Shutterstock image (by Mascha Tace): business contract competition, just out of reach.

    Changes to protest rules could shift contracting preferences

    Bumping up the Defense Department’s protest threshold could tilt Pentagon buyers away from civilian contracting vehicles. 01/04/2017

  • Congress
    man planning layoffs

    House rule change puts feds at risk of job and pay cuts

    The one-year revival of the Holman Rule in the House gives lawmakers the authority to reduce the federal workforce or cut employee pay legislatively. 01/04/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    U.S. sanctions Russia and releases hacking report

    The Obama administration announced a long-awaited response to Russia's election-related hacking, but many view it as too little too late. 12/30/2016

  • 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
    Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: Laura Poitras / Praxis Films. Used under Creative Commons license)

    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

  • Contracting
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    Will Trump and Mulvaney bring back A-76?

    The use of A-76 competitions to let private contractors bid on some work done by federal employees could be set for a resurgence. 12/22/2016

  • 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

  • Congress
    digital key

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Modernization
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    Tech refresh bills will be back, says DHS CIO

    IT modernization funding efforts will be back, according to DHS CIO Luke McCormack, and agencies should still position agile, cloud and other capabilities to show they're moving into a modern environment. 12/15/2016

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