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Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, shown here at a 2012 NIST event

VanRoekel: Tech investments in Ebola fight could pay long-term dividends

USAID’s chief innovation officer says IT "plays a foundational and fundamental role" in U.S. assistance in West Africa -- and can help prepare for the next catastrophic epidemic as well.

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Make open data actually work

The public's demand for transparency means agencies must share data in ways that the average person can understand. Here's how.

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Iran hacking, IPv6 and North Korea v. Sony

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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'Big data itself is not a strategy'

From the Army to the FCC, agencies are learning how to use analytics as a means to measurable ends.

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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.

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HealthCare.gov 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 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).

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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.

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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.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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