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Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2017, which includes a provision to separate U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. Cyber Command would focus on developing cyber weapons and use them against adversaries online, whereas the NSA would focus on gathering intelligence in the digital sphere. […]

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President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination for CIA director has advocated for mass data collection from U.S. citizens and has criticized Trump’s foreign policy strategies. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., urged Congress to allow the National Security Agency to restart its bulk collection of metadata while adding that to financial and “lifestyle” information that would all be searchable in one database. […]

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MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community. […]

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The Department of Transportation’s F+ on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard does not reflect all of the agency’s compliance work, according to a DOT spokesperson who asked to remain anonymous. […]

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The Department of Veterans Affairs this week launched a new website to raise awareness of the agency’s Digital Health Platform–a cloud-based approach to integrating veterans health data to produce what the agency calls real-time, analytics-driven, personalized care. […]

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“We need a few Yodas to represent the small agencies and groom a few Jedis to be the Data Knights,” said Kirit Amin, CIO of the U.S. International Trade Commission. (Photo: Shutterstock)
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Financial reporting experts advocated for the adoption of a standard business reporting method that would make it easier for businesses to both submit data to the government and use the government’s publicly available information. […]