Management


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Drone pilot training, DISA's big cyber contract, fed feedback, USASpending.gov and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Is OPM's big hiring decision all it's cracked up to be?

Excepted-service hiring authority is a welcome tool for some agencies, but it's temporary relief in the ongoing struggle to snatch up digital services talent — and it has been a long time coming.

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Wanted: concrete steps toward culture change. Can MOC deliver?

ACT-IAC's "Management of Change" conference will try to pin down the un-pinnable: a culture of innovation.

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CBP needs better data picture from border tech

"You can't manage what you can't measure," was the message delivered by Sen. Tom Carper.

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Commerce will likely have to extend IANA contract

An ambitious deadline to transition U.S. control over a key piece of global Internet architecture to an international multi-stakeholder group will likely not be met.

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The IRS and IT: Sorting fact from fiction

Once a "poster child for IT," the IRS's high-profile problems are now all too similar to those experienced by other agencies.

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Debating the Sino-Russian cyber pact

Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, weighed in on the growing Russian and Chinese threats to U.S. assets in cyberspace.

Big Data

'Irish cynics' talk big data's good, bad and ugly

Behind the buzzwords and pointless analytics lie real potential, but agencies and the private sector still struggle to use big data effectively.

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What worries private sector CIOs, and why it matters to feds

Consternation about rapid change demonstrates the "mega shift" underway in technology, says a new survey of CIOs.

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Cloud brokers, the sequel

The broker definition continues to evolve as new roles emerge and cloud deployments become more complex.

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Senators question Thrift Savings Plan's security

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to know more about TSP's cybersecurity.

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Why insider threats keep succeeding

Outdated security models rarely address insider threats, argues John Sellers, and perimeter defense and background checks are not going to keep attackers out.