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IRS Turns Hacked Application Back On -- This Time with Added Security Features

June 8, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that an online application exploited by fraudsters last year and yanked offline is available again -- with added security features. If taxpayers want to use the “Get Transcript” feature to download prior years’ tax returns, they’ll have to provide more detailed financial information --...

House Passes Bill Mandating Agency Software-Savings Plans

June 8, 2016 The House voted Tuesday to require federal agencies to clean up the shelfware cluttering up their IT offices. The ‘Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies -- or MEGABYTE -- Act requires federal agencies to maintain comprehensive software license inventories in order to track spending on software and identify...

Census Names New Top Tech Official as Agency Prepares for 2020 Count

June 7, 2016 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Kevin Smith's job title at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The article has been corrected. After nearly a yearlong vacancy, the Census Bureau is naming a new top tech official to manage the bureau’s IT strategy as it prepares to enter...

Agency CIOs Undercount ‘High-Risk’ IT Projects, GAO Says

June 6, 2016 Too many federal agency chief information officers are viewing their major IT investments through rose-colored -- or make that green-colored -- glasses. That’s according to a new Government Accountability Office report, which found agency CIOs at more than a dozen agencies were too optimistic in assessing the risks associated with...

White House Cracks Down on Software Spending

June 2, 2016 The White House has issued a new policy seeking to tighten the reins on wasteful software purchasing by federal agencies. Under a new final policy announced today, agencies will have to appoint software managers to centrally manage their software buying. Agencies will also have to maintain a continually updated inventory...

Lawmakers Want Review of VA’s VistA Modernization Efforts

June 2, 2016 The top tech official at the Veteran Affairs Department raised eyebrows earlier this year when she said the agency needed to "take a step back" from a planned upgrade of its long-running electronic health records system, known as VistA. At the time, VA was putting together a business case for...

Bill Would Extend US Digital Service Beyond the Obama Administration

May 31, 2016 A new bill introduced in the House would extend the technology fix-it squad launched in the wake of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout well beyond the end of the Obama administration. The U.S. Digital Service Act, introduced May 27 by Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., would authorize the tech squad for the...

OPM’s Troubled IT Upgrade Project on Track to Get Millions More in Funding

May 27, 2016 The Office of Personnel Management is on track to receive a 75 percent budget increase for IT security upgrades at the once-hacked agency. But a new internal watchdog report finds funding for the troubled project remains an issue in part because of poor planning by the agency. A broader Obama...

Senate Committee Advances Measure Letting Agencies Crack Down on Personal Email

May 26, 2016 A key Senate committee voted to advance a bill that would allow federal agencies to bypass employee unions in order to block access to webmail and other websites deemed security risks. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously voted to approve the measure May 25 along with more...

Here Are 10 of the Oldest IT Systems in the Federal Government

May 25, 2016 Government information technology systems used to send out alerts about severe weather, process millions of tax returns, track hazardous waste incidents and even protect the U.S. nuclear arsenal all rely on outdated or unsupported hardware and software, according to a new watchdog report. How outdated? The application programming languages undergirding...