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Agencies Turn In ‘Best FITARA Scorecard Ever’

Collectively, the federal government improved its oversight grades in IT modernization.

Congress Moves to Block OPM-GSA Merger

A provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would first require an independent study of the challenges facing the Office of Personnel Management.

Democratic Senators Urge Social Security to Restore Telework

Lawmakers ask the agency to reconsider its decision to end a 6-year-old pilot program, citing concerns about the burden it places on employees and productivity.

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

The bill calls for increased federal investments and outreach to support the institutions and diversify the STEM domain.

Maryland Senator Says President is the 'Wild Card' in Spending Negotiations 

While Democrats and Republicans negotiate on appropriations, it’s unclear how the president will react. 

Bill Would Constrain Some Police Use of Facial-Recognition Tools

A 72-hour limit on tracking individuals would become the first, and somewhat arbitrary, federal line in the sand.

Feds Should Prepare Financially for Another Government Shutdown

Here are some ideas to help managers make sure employees are covered during a worst-case scenario.

Lawsuit Against Working During Shutdowns Presents a Potential Catch-22

A federal judge ruled it would be too disruptive to stop agencies from forcing employees to work without pay during a lapse in appropriations, but the Trump administration on Wednesday argued the case is now moot because government is open.

The Government’s Departing Shared Services Lead Explains Why This Effort is Different

On her last day in government, Beth Angerman talks about the new shared services framework she leaves behind and why she believes it will succeed where others have failed.

House Passes Comprehensive Anti-Robocall Legislation

Still, experts say a dramatic reduction in the problematic calls likely won’t happen overnight.

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Hassan Joins Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

The junior senator from New Hampshire became the caucus’ 17th member.

CBP Starts Process to Include U.S. Citizens in Facial Recognition Program

A proposed rule change would no longer allow citizens and green card holders to opt-out of Customs and Border Protection’s biometrics program.

Watchdog: Proposed OPM-GSA Merger Continues to 'Evolve' Despite Lack of Legislation

Officials have continued to examine moving portions of OPM to GSA piecemeal, and still lack documentation for the legal authority and cost benefit analyses, the inspector general said.

Senators Renew Effort to Safeguard People’s Data Online

The bill would make companies subject to fines from the Federal Trade Commission if they poorly protect data.

Small Contractors Struggle to Meet Cybersecurity Standards, Pentagon Finds

Even large companies aren’t doing as well as they think they are, the assistant acquisition chief said.

5 Strategies for Building a Culture of Data Literacy

Getting agency buy-in to a culture of data literacy means getting everyone at every level to appreciate the value of data.