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  • Homeland Security
    Jeh Johnson

    Johnson: Biometric exit moving ahead

    DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate committee that a key test of a biometrics-based exit system is advancing and NPPD's reorganization should move forward. 06/30/2016

  • Internet Governance

    Republicans move to check internet transition

    Two senior GOP lawmakers are questioning the viability of long-standing plans to end U.S. control of the address book of the internet. 06/29/2016

  • Modernization
    Federal CIO Tony Scott

    Scott: ITMF paybacks won't be an issue

    The federal CIO says agencies will be compelled to pay back their loans as modern IT systems come online. But some on Capitol Hill still have their doubts. 06/29/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

    Reps press HHS on ransomware

    The Department of Health and Human Services is weighing what kind of disclosures should follow a ransomware attack that involves health records. Two lawmakers urge a light touch. 06/28/2016

  • Congress
    Richard Burr official photo, 114th Congress

    Burr keeps up pressure for encryption bill

    The chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence made a pitch for his encryption access legislation by framing the technology as an enabler of confidential communications among terrorists. 06/27/2016

  • Modernization
    Will Hurd

    Hurd still not sold on IT modernization fund

    The Texas techie told C-SPAN he thinks modernizing legacy systems is a critical issue, but he isn’t supporting the Obama administration’s $3.1 billion IT modernization fund. 06/24/2016

  • Congress
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    Can ISIS be stopped online?

    Experts tell lawmakers that alternative approaches are needed -- including a less-visible government footprint. 06/24/2016

  • Social Media
    Rep.  Alan Lowenthal, streamed on Facebook, broadcast on CSPAN

    Smartphones and video apps powered House Dems' gun control sit-in

    House Democrats used social media, personal tech and congressional Wi-Fi to disrupt and bypass the majority's authority, raising the question of how to enforce 18th-century rules of decorum in the Information Age. 06/23/2016

  • Congress
    Shutterstock image (by concept w): drone flying into the sunset.

    Farmers and allies seek looser drone rules from Congress

    After hearing testimony from the farm data industry, lawmakers might push the FAA to relax line-of-sight rules for drone operators. 06/23/2016

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock image (by Bacho): Businessman looking through a magnifying glass at a contract.

    House passes bill to expand IG powers

    The Inspector General Empowerment Act would ensure that federal IGs can gain access to all the agency information they request in the course of an investigation. 06/23/2016

  • Defense
    Major General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin

    Cybercom touts attacks on ISIS

    Military officials told the House Armed Services Committee that the hacking campaign against Islamic State has been a good testing ground for U.S. Cyber Command's ability to support combatant commands. 06/22/2016

  • Congress
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

    Senate bill would require VA to stop using SSNs

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation that would make the VA stop using Social Security numbers as identifiers in its IT systems. 06/22/2016

  • Oversight
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

    Lawmakers look to GAO for answers on IT acquisition

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked GAO to scrutinize acquisition practices, the U.S. Digital Service's work priorities and the implementation of FITARA's CIO authorities. 06/22/2016

  • Congress
    Shutterstock image: the Capitol Building.

    House bill funds OPM's IT modernization

    Lawmakers recognize the importance of OPM's IT infrastructure overhaul, but also the pitfalls the project has run into in the past. 06/22/2016

  • Contracting
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)

    Palantir to sue Army over DCGS

    Palantir has escalated its long-standing opposition to the Army's handling of contracting for the Distributed Common Ground System by announcing its intent to sue. 06/20/2016

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