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The cost of compliance

Reacting to data security problems is costlier than taking steps to avoid them, a new report says.

3 books to improve your work/life balance

The authors of three recent books offer their suggestions for feds who are struggling to maintain satisfying personal and professional lives.

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CBP in-person interview slows entry process

Customs and Border Protection's programs for speeding travelers through line are yielding results, but getting people enrolled in the first place is slow going.

How to get the most out of mobility

Microsoft's Marco Manuello says being overly cautious on mobile is a good way to waste money.

How to get ahead in government

Technical chops and hard work are still critical, but advancing into agency leadership demands a much broader skill set.

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David McClure: Know when to shift gears

The outgoing leader of GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies discusses the value of moving from government to industry and back.

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Avoiding the Senior Executive Service

While Congress takes potshots at pay and bonuses, top government executives say the SES is being decimated by morale problems and a reluctance of talented managers to join their ranks.

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Pentagon running behind on contracting database

Though the contracting system is relatively low-tech -- its underlying application cost less than $1 million -- it could have profound implications for DOD policy planning.

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OPM merges security investigation databases

The Office of Personnel Management hopes combining databases on those with access to clearance investigations will bolster security.

Sequestration gummed up IT plans

Budget cuts caused several agencies to rework plans for funding IT projects or dispense with them altogether, says a GAO report.

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Heartbleed tested agency readiness

A Democratic senator says "clear legal authority and processes to facilitate a seamless response" are still needed to effectively combat cyber threats, and the White House acknowledges "we still have more work to do."

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A menagerie of UAVs

As civilian agencies expand their use of unmanned aerial systems, the vehicles themselves are as varied as the missions.