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TechFAR, Digital Playbook get tentative thumbs up

The new tools are a first step, but critics still contend that federal acquisition rules are outdated when it comes to buying IT.

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Imitation is flattery: BlackBerry, Samsung emulate strategies to lure DOD clients

BlackBerry is still the incumbent in a sensitive market, but Samsung has invested in security to try to turn the tables.

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Analytics could drive the future of VistA

The next generation of VA's electronic health record should see benefits from agency advances in predictive analytics.

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NNSA tests cloud-based data-collection system

RadResponder project would give responders better access to key data in a nuclear emergency.

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OMB launches digital services team to guide IT projects

The team will be headed by Mikey Dickerson, a former Google engineer who served on the team that helped fix HealthCare.gov.

Data center innovation: New ways to save energy

Revised thermal standards and an array of cooling techniques promise to reverse the data center power drain.

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NASA and small biz, Pentagon and the private sector, Hagel and India

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NIST test bed will probe industrial systems for cyber flaws

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is trying to get ahead of attackers by developing a simulation system that emulates industrial operations.

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The IC wants a peek at the future of your brain

An IARPA RFI seeks answers on what brain structures could be used to determine future job performance.

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'Buy and buy once,' urges DOJ CIO

New CIO Joe Klimavicz wants the Justice Department to adopt a service broker model for IT acquisition.

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FCC passes new text-to-911 rules

While just two percent of Americans have access to text-to-911 services -- and not all commissioners support the idea -- new FCC rules promise wider deployment.

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A CyberVor silver lining for feds?

While federal websites were likely in the mix of targets, experts said agencies complying with FISMA and other cybersecurity guidelines should be OK.