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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.

Ashton Carter

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.

David Bray

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.

Zach Scott

This Rising Star's novel approach to sharing EPA data resulted in an educational game in which participants play various stakeholders in an environmental crisis.

Tanusree McCabe

This Blackstone Technology Group manager helped DHS agencies save money by embracing Web content management as a service.

Ngoc Vu

This Rising Star manages a 12-person team that has tackled some of the SEC's biggest IT endeavors.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Federal 100 awards. Get the details and submit your picks!