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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.

US faces technological 'peer competitors' in cyberspace, says USCYBERCOM

The military arm of the government's efforts in cyberspace recently released a document admitting that despite a considerable edge at the beginning of the cyber age, it now faces experts outside the country who possess capabilities on par with the U.S.

DHS defends biometrics effort as Congress calls for action

A day after a Homeland Security Department report showed that most U.S. visitors do not overstay their visas, a Senate subcommittee said a biometric exit system is crucial.

CBP rolls out facial recognition technology at JFK

U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week began using facial recognition technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport to verify that travelers match their passport photos. The move follows a successful pilot of the technology at Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

Whether dramatic or organic, IT modernization starts with understanding the 'pull' of existing systems, says SSA CIO

There is a pressing need for federal agencies and departments to modernize their information technology infrastructure.  For some, it's a dramatic transition, but for others it's more gradual, said Social Security Administration Chief Information Officer Rob Klopp.

New chip could mean better use of spectrum for DoD

A new chip may help ease congestion on the electromagnetic spectrum, which is becoming more clogged as the demand for connected devices grows.

Audit finds IRS exceeded required response time for adaptive technology

In fiscal years 2013 and 2014, the Internal Revenue Service took an average of 70 days to provide adaptive technologies – such as ergonomic keyboards, voice recognition software and hearing aid-friendly headsets – to the disabled personnel making the request, greatly exceeding agency guidelines.

Air Force wants to simulate cyberwar in a virtual environment

The Air Force issued a request Monday for research and product information on a virtualized system that could help the service rehearse combat scenarios in the cyberspace domain.

DHS drone operation guide zeros in on mission, privacy, legal considerations

Federal entities that use unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, should keep the specific use of the technology as it relates to agency mission, as well as privacy and legal considerations, top of mind through the entire program lifecycle, suggests the Homeland Security Department.

FirstNet reviews 2015 progress

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, said 2015 was a year of significant progress in its effort to build out a nationwide public safety broadband network.