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  • Congress
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    NDAA could expand funding for student startup program

    The Hacking for Defense initiative, which could be funded by the FY 18 defense bill, taps undergraduate teams to help solve DOD issues. 07/28/2017

  • Border
    Integrated Fixed Surveillance Tower in Arizona (Photo by GAO)

    Bill calls for a smart wall

    New legislation by Texas Rep. Will Hurd would require DHS to assess technology options and develop a comprehensive plan for the border wall. 07/27/2017

  • Management
    John Thompson, director Census Bureau 2013-2017

    Thompson dishes on Census concerns, needs for catch-up

    Recently retired Census Director John Thompson raised concerns about the status and swelling cost of the decennial count and urged Congress to adequately fund the final preparations. 07/26/2017

  • Border Security
    US-Mexico Border wall Nogalez, Az.

    Tech and wall are inseparable, border security managers say

    A physical wall isn't effective without integrated technology and agents who have access to real-time data. 07/25/2017

  • Congress
    Rep. Gerald Connolly

    FITARA Enhancement Act moves forward

    The stand-alone bill is a backup plan in case key extensions are not included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act. 07/20/2017

  • Mobile
    FirstNet logo.

    More opt-ins, more questions for FirstNet

    Five states have said they will use the nationwide broadband network for first responders, but costs still concern states weighing whether to join. 07/20/2017

  • Workforce
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    NAPA report calls for overhaul of civil service system

    Calling the government's human capital system "fundamentally broken," a new report calls for a federated system that focuses on staffing agencies to help them achieve their missions. 07/19/2017

  • Congress
    Wikimedia image: Michael Thomas McCaul, Sr. (U.S. Representative for Texas

    DHS authorization could give acquisition a boost

    The DHS authorization bill making its way through the House would help the agency make more progress sorting out its acquisition processes, a Capitol Hill oversight committee official said. 07/19/2017

  • Defense
    Shutterstock image (by Maksim Kabakou): pixelated shield, protection concept.

    House adds cyber strategy provision to defense bill

    The House overwhelmingly passed the 2018 defense bill after adding cyber provisions, including the requirement for the DOD to update its cyber strategy and definition of cyber deterrence. 07/14/2017

  • Congress
    Claire McCaskill

    McCaskill wants answers on immigration IT

    The ranking Democrat on the Senate on Homeland Security committee wants to see acquisition and decision documentation, alternatives for the beleaguered DHS immigration processing system dubbed ELIS. 07/14/2017

  • Homeland Security
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    House bill provides $1.6B for border wall

    The House DHS appropriations bill funds border wall construction at $1.6 billion, with more than $200 million in supporting tech. 07/14/2017

  • IT Modernization
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    Will MGT pass before recess?

    As the Senate grapples with lingering challenges, an IT modernization bill that sailed through the House of Representative and enjoys White House support still awaits committee markup. 07/13/2017

  • Cybersecurity
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    Why cyber capabilities are more important than strategy

    The Senate version of the 2018 defense bill calls for the creation of a cyber strategy, but one former DOD official says the U.S. must focus on capabilities and authorities first. 07/13/2017

  • Congress
    Shutterstock image. Copyright Mikhail Kolesnikov.

    Workforce antidiscrimination bill sails through House

    The House of Representatives passed by voice vote a bill that would codify stronger anti-discrimination protections for federal employees. 07/13/2017

  • Oversight
    Image from FOSE: Maria Roat.

    SBA CIO grapples with modernization

    A House committee urged the Small Business Administration CIO to flatten the org chart and improve on cybersecurity. 07/12/2017

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