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What the USDS team is up to

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

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It takes one to know one

Feds are vulnerable to cyber fraud because of inertia, says the con man who inspired Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."

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What agencies want to hear when buying IT

A new study helps vendors understand what messages resonate (and tells feds how their peers prefer to be pitched).

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.

Peter Wilson

This Rising Star has been working on a framework to smoothly connect people with agencies and services as they age and their needs change.

Tanusree McCabe

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

The 2015 Federal 100

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