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LTG Robert Ferrell (2014)

Army CIO unveils new IT strategy

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell said the Army’s IT strategy for the short and medium terms includes a focus on cybersecurity and cloud computing.

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Data analytics and engineering: How to optimize your federal building

Intelligent building management systems monitor operational performance and energy use to identify root causes and correct deficiencies.

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Faster data, better law enforcement

DOJ’s R&D arm is funding software development that makes it easier to store and transfer data for criminal investigations.

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GSA invites in the masses

The new Public Participation Playbook is a guide for encouraging and measuring citizen involvement in improving federal performance.

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FOIA redux, population data and encryption middle ground

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Gauging emerging tech's effect on federal agencies

A new Deltek report identifies several sectors that could transform federal IT environments.

FY 2016 Budget

President's spending plan shines spotlight on digital services

Overall IT spending is tabbed at $86.4 billion, with much of the increase driven by a hike in cybersecurity funding.

A small drone that crashed Jan. 26, 2015, on the White House grounds.  (Photo: U.S. Secret Service)

White House drone breach raises questions of tech priorities

The Secret Service has long explored technology to combat the threat of commercial drones, but the Jan. 26 crash of a quadcopter on White House grounds could spur interest in deploying it.

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The future of tech, according to NASA

The agency hopes to apply its engineering know-how to get the most out of buzzword concepts like agile, big data and wearable tech.

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Flagging skill sets yet to be addressed

GAO says a shortage of telecom expertise slowed transition to a new system and drove up the cost.

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ONC releases interoperability road map

Baseline standards for interoperability could ultimately affect the level of reimbursement from Medicare and other federal health programs.

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Social Security preps data reboot

SSA plans to migrate data and production to the new National Support Center by August 2016.

The 2015 Federal 100

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