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House Passes Month-Long Spending Bill With Two Days Until Shutdown

Congress appears likely to avoid a Thanksgiving lapse in appropriations, but will face a new deadline near Christmas.

Federal CISO: Better Info Sharing Will Lead to More Secure Supply Chain

Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider outlined the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Council goals for 2020.

Defense Department Fails Its Second Audit, Yet Is Making Progress

This was only the second audit completed for the Pentagon since a 1990 law required them.

Congress Reaches Deal to Fight Robocalls

“It’s time to put Americans back in charge of their phones,” lawmakers said.

Democratic Candidates Need to Learn to Play the Long Game on Broadband

Putting monopoly-style regulations from the 1930s on the competitive broadband sector won't work.

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The document refocuses objectives from the country’s 2016 computing plan.

Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before conducting facial recognition surveillance.

Officials: Shared Services Implementation Begins But Journey Will Be Long

Three of the four initial focus areas are ready to move beyond the standards-setting phase to implementation, with GSA’s payroll program leading the way.

Contractors: Begin Shutdown Prep Now

Lessons learned from the 2018 shutdown suggest government contractors should prepare all they can for a potential 2019 shutdown.

NOAA to Solicit Public Insight on Four Draft Science and Technology Strategies

Focus areas include artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, ‘omics, and the cloud.

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Senator Urges Cybersecurity Review of Mobile Voting App

West Virginia and local governments in Colorado, Utah and Oregon have all piloted mobile voting applications developed by Voatz.

Congress Expects to Pass Another Stopgap Spending Bill to Keep Agencies Open Through Dec. 20

Lawmakers hope to pass full-year appropriations before the new deadline and avoid another holiday season shutdown.

Lawmakers Want to Ban Unauthorized Drones from Flying Over Stadium Concerts

The FAA currently only issues temporary flight restrictions during sporting events, but a bipartisan group of senators wants to protect stadium skies during all types of events.

Report: Government Needs Investment, Cooperation on AI

A report commissioned by industry and government AI leaders highlights national security challenges around artificial intelligence.

Defense Secretary Says to Expect ‘Trimming, Reducing, Some Eliminations’ in 2021 Budget

Esper touts "good progress" in high-level review intended to cut fat and find funds for projects to counter China and Russia.

Election Commission Needs More Authority In Face of 2020 Threats, Report Finds

“The federal government regulates colored pencils . . . more strictly than it does America’s election infrastructure,” the nonpartisan Brennan Center notes.