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Paul Wilson leads the Federal Solutions Team at the Ken Blanchard Companies.

What smart succession planning requires

Leadership changes don’t have to be painful. Here are some tips for easing the transitions.

Network maps, moisture maps and stalled job growth

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Interior IT flaws didn't lead to hack, says CIO

While Interior's IT woes didn't lead directly to a breach, an IG report said security flaws continue to plague the department.

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NTIS tries to refocus on data

The new plan is for the National Technical Information Service to become a hub for open data, but some in Congress would still like to shut the agency down.

Photo courtesy of Sandia National Labs: Jason Hamlet was on the Sandia National Laboratories team that developed SecuritySeal, a device that attaches to a container and detects tampering.

Physical security tech goes nuclear

Sandia Labs' SecuritySeal device for locking down nuclear materials can also secure more everyday items.

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Can NOAA pay industry to fill its weather data gap?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration must balance its treaty obligations to provide weather data freely to the world against the private-sector innovation that weather data property rights could unleash.

No Social Media

OPM's shift in security posture raises labor law questions

OPM did not give unions a chance to bargain over the cutting off of social media and personal email accounts.

McCain at Heritage today.

McCain on defense bill, NGA on Hootenanny, Army on battlefield tech

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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CSIS, lawmakers launch cyber task force for next president

The new task force will take note of progress since the last one seven years ago, and make recommendations for executive action for whoever is elected in 2016.

aerial view of ORNL

Supercomputer centers, drone privacy and intel desktops

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

General Darren McDew and General Paul Selva.

Transportation Command upbeat in cyber progress report

Ten months after a Senate Armed Services Committee report faulted Transportation Command's cyber posture, the commander and his potential successor said progress has been made.

NASA

Pluto flyby earned NASA social media gold

NASA tweeted up a storm, engaged openly tongue-in-cheek on Twitter and gave Instagram the first look at a historic moment in U.S. space exploration history.

The 2015 Federal 100

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