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A CIO aims for extreme outsourcing

Joe Paiva says he wants his Commerce Department agency "to be out of the IT business by July."

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White House names new federal CIO

VMware's Tony Scott to replace Steven VanRoekel, who left the job in September for a role at USAID.

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More data, more promise, more questions

The White House’s big data and privacy working group cites progress, but acknowledges that big challenges lie ahead.

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CTO to agencies: Be a good customer

One way of being a better customer, says federal CTO Megan Smith, is to develop a contracting process more in touch with vendors.

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NTSB recommends new data recovery tech to FAA

Recent air disasters present stark evidence that the government needs new aircraft location and in-flight data transmission technologies.

LTG Robert Ferrell (2014)

Army CIO unveils new IT strategy

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell said the Army’s IT strategy for the short and medium terms includes a focus on cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Ashton Carter

Ash Carter in the dock, FAA on the moon and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Data analytics and engineering: How to optimize your federal building

Intelligent building management systems monitor operational performance and energy use to identify root causes and correct deficiencies.

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Faster data, better law enforcement

DOJ’s R&D arm is funding software development that makes it easier to store and transfer data for criminal investigations.

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IGs seek more access to agency data

Inspectors general complain to Congress that agencies often respond to requests for information with claims that it is protected by law.

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GSA invites in the masses

The new Public Participation Playbook is a guide for encouraging and measuring citizen involvement in improving federal performance.

FY 2016 Budget

President's spending plan shines spotlight on digital services

Overall IT spending is tabbed at $86.4 billion, with much of the increase driven by a hike in cybersecurity funding.

The 2015 Federal 100

Meet 100 women and men who are doing great things in federal IT.