Congress

Lawmakers Want Better Answers from Amazon About Facial Matching Program

As law enforcement agencies experiment with the tech, lawmakers push for details about accuracy and privacy.

Senators Call For A Data Security Law

The Marriott breach—the latest of many mega-breaches—inspired some lawmakers to push for new privacy legislation.

As Shutdown Looms, House Votes to Empower Federal CIO, Improve Agency Services

And lawmakers have some questions about Amazon’s facial recognition software.

House Passes Bill to Improve Government’s Digital Services

The IDEA Act would require agencies to upgrade their websites to meet basic security and usability standards, but lawmakers did make some changes.

VA Is Starting Its GI Benefits Modernization Effort From Scratch

The old system will keep calculating veterans’ housing benefits until 2020.

Pentagon Lags on Policing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts

Some contracting officers may not be applying the required criteria, GAO warns.

Hurd Wins Reelection Battle

One of federal tech’s most outspoken advocates will officially be back for a third term.

Congress Wants to Confront Facebook, Robocallers and Data-Throttlers

Lawmakers also encouraged the Pentagon to continue helping civilian agencies in cyber matters.

VA’s $16 Billion E-Health Record Overhaul is Already $350 Million Over Budget

Just six months into the project, VA’s most important modernization effort is getting more expensive.

Congress Passes Long-Sought Bill to Rename DHS Cyber Agency

The National Protection and Programs Directorate will soon be called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

A New Congress Brings New Tech Priorities and Increased Oversight

The midterm elections also left a big cyber vacancy on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Trump's Space Force Faces an Uncertain Fate

Congressional lawmakers, including Republicans, were skeptical of the idea long before the midterms.

Rust Costs the Pentagon $21 Billion Per Year

The Defense Department isn't doing a good job determining how much to spend to prevent damage from nature's basic chemical reactions.

White House Expects to Hold Steady on Tech Policies Despite House Flip

But House Democrats plan to fight for online privacy, net neutrality regulations.

How the Midterms Shake Up Tech Oversight

Democrats taking over the House mean new leadership and potentially restructured subcommittees.