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  • 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

  • Biometrics
    Shutterstock image (by NREY): digital fingerprint identification.

    Sen. Sessions wants fingerprints for visitors entering and exiting the U.S.

    Biometric identity data for a visa entry and exit system should boil down to fingerprints, says the chairman of a Senate immigration subcommittee. 06/16/2016

  • Intelligence
    John Brennan

    Brennan warns on encryption

    In public testimony, CIA Director John Brennan cautioned lawmakers on how terrorists and other malefactors are taking advantage of commercial encryption tools. 06/16/2016

  • Congress
    Russian Tupelov Tu154

    Hill leaders look to block upgrade in Russian surveillance gear

    Russia is seeking to upgrade the digital camera it uses in U.S. surveillance flyovers permitted under the Open Skies Treaty, but some in Congress are hoping to block the move. 06/15/2016

  • Budget
    Shutterstock image. Copyright: Michele Paccione.

    White House, Senate at odds over Census funding

    The administration is concerned that a Senate appropriations bill starves the Census Bureau of $100 million needed to complete the 2020 Census design. 06/15/2016

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