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  • 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

  • Government Operations
    Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    GSA in the crosshairs on Trump lease

    House Democrats and others say that President-elect Donald Trump will be in breach of his lease on the Old Post Office when he takes office, but the General Services Administration is not taking a position for now. 12/14/2016

  • Open Data
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    Senate backs open gov bill

    The Senate approved the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act by unanimous consent Dec. 10, and supporters of the bill are optimistic about its chances in the 115th Congress. 12/12/2016

  • Congress
    McCain at Heritage today.

    Political battle escalates over charges of Russia election hacks

    More members of Congress are joining the call for investigations of Russia's election hacking while the president-elect condemns the CIA and its findings. 12/12/2016

  • Congress
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    No government shutdown as Senate passes funding bill

    With less than two hours remaining on the current federal appropriation, the Senate voted to keep the government funded through April 28. 12/09/2016

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