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  • Oversight
    money on fire

    GAO: Data problems could be costing feds billions

    A new report attributes many federal agency redundancies to a failure to manage, or even collect, the right data. 04/13/2016

  • Veterans Affairs
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    House, Senate committees back $4.2B for IT at VA

    House and Senate appropriations panels approved funding measures that essentially match administration requests for the Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 04/13/2016

  • Congress
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    House panel advances Email Privacy Act

    The act would update a 30-year-old law to require the government to use a warrant to force tech firms to turn over their customers' stored electronic communications. 04/13/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    IRS systems still vulnerable to cyber criminals

    Government auditors told Congress that the IRS systems continue to show significant information security weaknesses. 04/12/2016

  • Congress
    Will Hurd

    Hurd warns against rigid IT budgeting

    Rep. Will Hurd told FCW that the notion that "if you don't spend it, you lose it [is] the wrong kind of incentive to have in purchasing IT goods and services." 04/12/2016

  • Modernization
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    White House offers details on $3.1B IT modernization plan

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will introduce legislation supporting an Obama administration plan to appropriate $3.1 billion for a capital fund to modernize outdated federal IT systems. 04/08/2016

  • Congress
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    Cryptography experts critical of Senate encryption bill

    Encryption legislation proposed by leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is being met with fierce criticism from experts, and some reports suggest the White House will not back the measure. 04/08/2016

  • Congress
    Tom Carper

    Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition

    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies. 04/08/2016

  • Congress
    TSA airport screener

    Senators seek answers on TSA tech

    Lawmakers quizzed the head of DHS' Science and Technology Directorate on the proposed $469.9 million R&D budget. 04/07/2016

  • Congress
    futuristic cyberwar

    Lawmakers mull full command status for Cyber Command

    The move would acknowledge the maturation of the five-year-old command as it supports U.S. operations against Islamic State and other high-level missions. 04/05/2016

  • Cybersecurity
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    U.S.-China still at odds on cybersecurity issues

    President Barack Obama said he will continue to discuss matters of cybersecurity with the Chinese president on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. Some U.S. lawmakers and experts think he should be doing more. 03/31/2016

  • Congress
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    House speaker criticizes IRS cybersecurity

    A blog post from Paul Ryan's office blasts the IRS for not fixing its cybersecurity vulnerabilities before tax season. 03/31/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Cyberattack, financial services

    DHS: Over 300 incidents of ransomware on federal networks since June

    Two prominent senators had asked the departments of Justice and Homeland Security about the spread of ransomware, which encrypts a computer user’s data until hackers are paid off, usually in the form of a difficult-to-trace crypto-currency. 03/30/2016

  • Congress
    U.S. Capitol at Night

    White House pushes Congress to pass $3.1B IT modernization fund

    The White House is preparing to send Congress more details on its plan for a revolving $3.1 billion IT modernization fund after the House Budget Committee failed to include the measure in the 2017 budget resolution. 03/30/2016

  • Oversight
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    GAO calls for improved security for HealthCare.Gov

    The nonpartisan Capitol Hill watchdog greeted the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a bracing dose of oversight about the security weaknesses of HealthCare.Gov. 03/28/2016

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