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The president's 2017 budget request: Health and Human Services Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget requested $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Health and Human Services Department, slightly less than fiscal 2016 enacted levels. 

The president's 2017 budget request: Defense Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget proposal requested $523.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense Department's base budget and $58.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, for a total of $582.7 billion.

Spotlight: DoD taps Cerner for EHR data-hosting contract

The Defense Department has awarded a $50.7 million sole-source contract to Cerner for data hosting needs related to its electronic health record program.

The president's 2017 budget request: Homeland Security Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress included discretionary budget authority of $40.6 billion for the Homeland Security Department – an amount that's $381 million more than the department's fiscal 2016 enacted level.

The president's 2017 budget request: Commerce Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress earmarked $9.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Commerce Department - $487 million more than the fiscal 2016 enacted level.

The president's 2017 budget request: Research and development priorities

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress included $152.3 billion in research and development across federal departments and agencies, representing a 4.2 percent increase from this year's funding level.

The president's 2017 budget request: General Services Administration

The General Services Administration is asking Congress for $361.7 million in total discretionary budget authority, under the president's proposed fiscal 2017 budget. That's a $280.6 million decrease from this year's estimated enacted level.

Spotlight: President points to cybersecurity as national security concern, legacy systems as a drain on federal IT

Obama said keeping America safe isn't just about bolstering security on the ground, in the air or at sea – "it also requires us to bolster security online."

More than 100K taxpayers' e-file credentials stolen in IRS malware attack

The Internal Revenue Services has identified and halted an attack on an online tax application that allowed perpetrators to obtain the e-file personal identification numbers of 101,000 tax payers.

The president's 2017 budget request: Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs department has requested $182.3 billion under the president's fiscal 2017 budget proposal, which included $78.7 billion in discretionary funding and $103.6 billion in mandatory funding.

White House officials describe new federal CISO's mission, Cybersecurity National Action Plan programs

President Obama released a 2017 budget Tuesday that highlighted the country's ongoing efforts to protect and revamp its digital infrastructure.

Audio: White House IT officials discuss Cybersecurity National Action Plan, priorities in fiscal 2017 budget request

The Obama administration's top information technology officials talked this afternoon about the latest proposed federal budget and its cybersecurity focus. 

Senior administration officials stare down 'lame duck' status, tout cyber priority setting in fiscal 2017 budget request

Obama administration officials challenged the idea that the president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress is dead on arrival during a Feb. 9 briefing.

The president's 2017 budget request: Federal information technology

President Barack Obama rolled out his fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress on Feb. 9, which included more than $19 billion, or a roughly 35 percent increase, from fiscal 2016, in funding for cybersecurity to support the president's Cybersecurity National Action Plan.

White House unveils broad strategy for strengthening cybersecurity

President Obama unveiled a sweeping cybersecurity strategy Feb. 9, which directs his administration to implement a series of "near-term actions" to enhance the nation's cybersecurity.

GSA unveils public access to acquisition portal

The General Services Administration last week opened the doors of its Acquisition Gateway to the public. The online portal provides an array of contracting resources, and is primarily geared to the federal acquisition community.

Spotlight: A proposal to break up the federal IT budget

Not only is the federal budget process lengthy – with agencies proposing spending plans to the White House some two years before they can obtain funds – agency CIOs must use the same pot of money to develop, modernize and enhance technology.

Report: Pro-Palestine Twitter account dumps hacked DHS staff directory, alleges DOJ next

On Sunday a Twitter account leaked a staff directory of more than 9,000 alleged Homeland Security Department employees, according to Vice's Motherboard.

Cobert emphasizes commitment, cooperation on heels of subpoena for OPM breach documents

Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Beth Cobert stressed her dedication to improving IT security and cross-government collaboration during a Senate confirmation hearing last week. 

Spotlight: Report to Congress highlights complexity of Army tactical IT systems

An annual report to Congress from the Defense Department's Office of Operational Test and Evaluation concluded that the Army's tactical networks remain difficult to use.