Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, shown here at a 2012 NIST event

VanRoekel: Tech investments in Ebola fight could pay long-term dividends

USAID’s chief innovation officer says IT "plays a foundational and fundamental role" in U.S. assistance in West Africa -- and can help prepare for the next catastrophic epidemic as well.

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Iran hacking, IPv6 and North Korea v. Sony

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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'Big data itself is not a strategy'

From the Army to the FCC, agencies are learning how to use analytics as a means to measurable ends.

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Cloudy with a chance of murky

Federal cloud managers say agencies must think in broad strokes without losing sight of the details and must relinquish tasks but not control.

screen capture of site gets a last-minute cloud storage boost

An expected spike in demand during open enrollment could have overwhelmed existing capacity of the health insurance-purchasing website, threatening a replay of its botched 2013 launch.

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What the USDS team is up to

As the U.S. Digital Service gets going, it is focused on, VA technology and hiring.

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Carter would bring acquisition, tech experience to top Pentagon job

Ashton Carter, who has often had a hand in Pentagon IT issues, is rumored to be Obama's pick for Defense secretary.

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The FCC's one-man tweet storm

FCC CIO David Bray uses Twitter to tell the agency’s story and to be available to stakeholders.

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Digging into the immigration order's ripple effects

The president is also seeking ideas on modernizing the IT infrastructure that supports the visa processing system.

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How the Pentagon plans to bolster cloud security

A new report from the DOD CIO offers soup-to-nuts guidance on security for commercial cloud providers and Defense Department customers.

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Pirate tracking, highways in the sky and laser deployment

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NSA returns to open source

The National Security Agency wants the private sector to use its NiFi tool to handle commercial big-data needs.

Operation Jump Start

FCW is proud to support this Feb. 9 event to help the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom transition to civilian careers.