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Survey: 'Always-on' mindset slow to penetrate government

A new survey of federal IT professionals found that 51 percent need a day or more to find and fix app performance problems.

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Tech firms, privacy advocates push White House on encryption

A group that includes Google, Apple and Microsoft wants the Obama administration to drop efforts to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted communications.

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Can Wikipedia forecast the flu?

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory say Wikipedia article access logs are highly correlated with historical influenza-like illness records.

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Why acquisition reforms fall short

After two decades of good intentions, it's time for an enterprise strategy for IT acquisition and management.

Map of the police departments participating in the White House Police Data Initiative.

Police Data Initiative aims to 'increase transparency'

Two goals of the Police Data Initiative are to enhance interoperability of systems and make it easier to extract useful insights from collected data.

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FITARA implementation, simple innovation and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State,  Christopher Painter.

State Department presents cyber norms to Congress

Maryland Democrat Benjamin Cardin is skeptical about how U.S. cyber adversaries will receive the State Department’s newly released peacetime norms for cyberspace.

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Dump-DUNS caucus weighs in on the Data Act

The federal government uses the proprietary DUNS identifier to code financial transactions, but with Data Act implementation in full swing, open-data advocates are pushing to go open source.

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Air Force makes more NETCENTS-2 awards

Twenty firms named to $7.9 billion network operations and infrastructure solutions contract.

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News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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When search knows what you need

In his new book, Microsoft’s Stefan Weitz previews what predictive analytics could mean in practice.

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When shared services go bad

The rise of criminal shared services has been startling, says the FBI’s John Riggi. "The bad guys have figured out that cooperation works."

The 2015 Federal 100

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