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Online ID grants, NGA personnel, DARPA IT and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Los Alamos knows bombs

The national laboratory has launched a Web portal aimed at helping public and private partners detect and deal with explosives.

Brian Gagnon

Why strategies get stuck

Poor execution, not poor planning, derails many new programs, but there are steps agencies can take to stay on track, despite the coming leadership changes.

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How open source delivers for government

Stephen Frost argues that we may be missing the real story in IT innovation.

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Is government ready for agile?

"That's like asking whether the government is ready for oxygen," said 18F co-founder Robert Read. "It needs it, whether it knows it needs it or not."

Obama expands info sharing with executive order

The move is aimed at building trust between the government and private sector to boost the exchange of threat information.

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FCC plans expansion of political ad data requirements

The commission plans to bring cable TV and radio under the same disclosure rules as broadcast TV.

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DHS shutdown could affect the C in CDM

Assistant Secretary Andy Ozment said the appropriations stalemate threatens crucial cybersecurity functions.

Terry Halvorsen

Halvorsen: DOD not that slow on cloud

The Pentagon is like "four federated giant corporations" trying to procure their own cloud services, says the acting CIO.

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A new take on the cloud divide: 'It's pets and cattle'

Federal agencies live in two tech worlds, but standards and steady innovation are slowly nosing out long-held legacy systems.

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NOAA grapples with buying data from industry

The agency is still trying to decide how to address a looming lapse in weather satellite data.

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OMB updates info security guidance, accelerates real-time monitoring

OMB is rewriting outdated standards in response to new legislation, while an increased focus on cybersecurity offers a window into federal networks.

The 2015 Federal 100

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