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Improved Pentagon acquisition requires tolerance of risk

Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.

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Does anyone want to be a CIO?

Alan Balutis argues that focusing too much on "commodity IT" is an abdication of the CIO's mission.

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How Sandia researchers get inside TSA employees' heads

The national lab is applying cognitive psychology and neuroscience to the field of airport security.

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Navy calibration patent goes commercial

Under a cross-licensing agreement, American Technical Services will commercialize the system, while the Navy obtains a license to use ATS software.

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Which agencies reward innovation?

Federal workers lack confidence that their employers will support efforts at innovation, says a new report from the Partnership for Public Service.

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Industry, agencies talk small business obstacles

Programs aimed at cutting through the weeds of the procurement process can help, but many small vendors feel other federal efforts are stacked against them.

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IBM gears up for Pentagon health push

With a major electronic health records procurement looming, IBM is growing its federal health IT footprint.

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NSA document details foreign intel databases

The intelligence agency delves into some details about how it collects, stores and accesses data but leaves many key questions unanswered.

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DOJ immigration databases in the dark

The Executive Office for Immigration Review suffered "a hardware failure," but removal proceedings are continuing backed by paper files.

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Two IRS IT projects on hold

A GAO report on the tax agency's budget says a pair of tech programs have fallen victim to spending cuts.

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Does the big data era demand new rules of the road?

The gray area for those developing guidelines lies in the purpose behind a data collection, and the issue of subsequent, unforeseen use.

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DARPA seeks to redefine autopilot

ALIAS project aims for portable and configurable automation that can be plugged into a wide range of aircraft.