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Report: Issa Bill Would Give CIOs IT Budget Authority

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is proposing legislation that would grant agency chief information officers authority over their respective agencies’ information technology budgets, Nextgov reports. According to Joseph Marks’ report, Issa’s bill would also create agency-based assisted acquisition centers of excellence aimed at developing expertise and best practices in different technology …

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Cyber Defense Could See Major Cuts Under Sequestration; Ray Bjorklund Comments

The White House released a preliminary estimation last Friday of budget reductions agencies would face in January 2013. The Department of Homeland Security will see a $911 million budget scale-back for infrastructure and network protection funds and other federal cybersecurity accounts under sequestration. Experts say that research grants, forensic equipment for cybercrime …

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White House: Sequestration Brings Science Funds Down 8%

Fiscal year 2013 funding for federal science programs will go down 8.2 percent if cuts under sequestration take effect starting in January, Science magazine reports. These figures are part of a report the White House released Friday, detailing which line items in the federal budget would be cut under sequestration. …

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DHS Auditors Want US-CERT to Share More with Intl Partners

The Department of Homeland Security‘s inspector general issued a report last August finding inconsistent communication with international partners in cybersecurity, Fierce Government IT reports. According to David Perera’s report, auditors found the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team is not forging strong relationships with their international allies. Auditors want strong communication …

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NIH Renews Lease on Bethesda Buildings for Next 10 Years

The National Institutes of Health has renewed its lease at 6701 and 6707 Democracy Plaza for another 10 years, reports Jeff Clabaugh for the Washington Business Journal. The property is over 356,000 square feet and is three miles away from NIH headquarters located on Rockville Pike. The headquarters is home …

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NIC Survey: Many Citizens Would Pay for Faster E-Gov Service

Nearly two-thirds of citizens would be willing to pay between $1 and $5 to not stand in line at a government agency and instead use an online service, a NIC survey says. Wakefield Research conducted the survey on behalf of the Kansas-based electronic government provider. Thirty percent of respondents would …

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