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Interoperable radio issues still hound DHS

Almost 14 years after the September 11 attacks, radio interoperability remains a dream deferred.

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Of garden hoses, tennis bracelets and FedRAMP

"Not every application is meant for the cloud," says the director of the GSA program that certifies cloud security.

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McCain touts DOD/Silicon Valley ties, RAND ponders cyber reputations, and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Heidi Shyu, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Army fights a two-front cyber war

The Army has been testing weapon systems for sophisticated cyber threats, but it was an attack on its public website that underscored the breadth of the challenge facing defense agencies.

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How flexible should FITARA be?

The federal CIO told House watchdogs that IT reform would be implemented with strict oversight, but there are already rumblings inside agencies about possible exceptions.

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Counting cloud contracts, defense approps, net governance and info sharing

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Bookshelf: Critical Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer through discovery

Rules and data are relatively easy to share, but capturing an organization's deep, experience-based knowledge requires special effort.

OMB cyber group meeting with a dozen agencies on steps to improve security

New oversight program targets slow progress on two-factor authentication and other cybersecurity practices.

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OFPP to issue acquisition lab guidance

Using HHS Buyers Club as a model, the procurement office wants to encourage other agencies to launch acquisition innovation labs.

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Syrian hackers say they knocked offline

The Pentagon acknowledged the hack, but did not confirm the attacker.

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Pentagon working on federated app store

To save money and time, Defense Department officials are moving gradually toward a shared catalog of approved mobile applications.

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Should the National Labs be exempt from FITARA?

Senate bill carves out exemption for supercomputing and other lab IT; an earlier version of the measure would have exempted the entire Department of Energy.

The 2015 Federal 100

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