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A small drone that crashed Jan. 26, 2015, on the White House grounds.  (Photo: U.S. Secret Service)

White House drone breach raises questions of tech priorities

The Secret Service has long explored technology to combat the threat of commercial drones, but the Jan. 26 crash of a quadcopter on White House grounds could spur interest in deploying it.

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.

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The future of tech, according to NASA

The agency hopes to apply its engineering know-how to get the most out of buzzword concepts like agile, big data and wearable tech.

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Flagging skill sets yet to be addressed

GAO says a shortage of telecom expertise slowed transition to a new system and drove up the cost.

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ONC releases interoperability road map

Baseline standards for interoperability could ultimately affect the level of reimbursement from Medicare and other federal health programs.

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Social Security preps data reboot

SSA plans to migrate data and production to the new National Support Center by August 2016.

Roger Baker

How CIOs can use FITARA to get away from waterfall

The law’s certification and approval provisions empower CIOs to end outdated software development projects, says Agilex’s Roger Baker.

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Minding the skills gap, plus AWS results, smart robots and DOE event planning

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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A federal manager's guide to fantasy football

New report finds lessons in the popular pastime for building virtual teams in the workplace.

Terry Halvorsen

Halvorsen to industry: 'Let's be real' with each other on cloud data

Acting DOD CIO expects commercial providers to share more data for the sake of cloud security, and says DOD will do the same. The Pentagon's next-gen email plans were also discussed.

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Accidental breach is top cyber threat concern

A survey of federal IT managers shows that while insiders pose a bigger danger, cybersecurity funding is targeted at exterior threats.

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A committee organizes, an app for snow days and a tool to fight vandals

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

The 2015 Federal 100

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