Weekend Reading

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Weekend Reading

The big news this week was the end of the government shutdown and the furloughs that came with it. As federal employees returned to work, some wondered how many of them will be looking for a route to a private sector job after several years of pay freezes, furloughs and being a scapegoat for politicians.

Twitter might have seen an uptick in tweets as federal tweeters returned to their keyboards -- including one from an alien planet (sort of).

A feature package not related to the shutdown examined the problem feds face in recruiting talented IT and cybersecurity employees.

HealthCare.gov continued to endure criticism, and some IT leaders from another nation offered some analysis of the problems.

Don't miss this year's Rising Stars. As of Oct. 18, FCW had published profiles on six of the 15 winners, with the rest to come. Here is the complete list.

Elsewhere: The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is entertaining but has little to say about the issues of free speech and secrecy that WikiLeaks brought to the fore, writes reviewer Nathan Mattise at Ars Technica.

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    Can MOOCs make the grade for federal training?

    Massive open online courses can offer specialized IT instruction on a flexible schedule and on the cheap. That may not always mesh with government's preference for structure and certification, however.

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    Cybersecurity: 6 schools with the right stuff

    The federal government craves more cybersecurity professionals. These six schools are helping meet that demand.

  • Rick Holgate

    Holgate to depart ATF

    Former ACT president will take a job with Gartner, follow his spouse to Vienna, Austria.

  • Are VA techies slacking off on Yammer?

    A new IG report cites security and productivity concerns associated with employees' use of the popular online collaboration tool.

  • Shutterstock image: digital fingerprint, cyber crime.

    Exclusive: The OPM breach details you haven't seen

    An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers’ calibrated extraction of data, and the government's step-by-step response.

  • Stephen Warren

    Deputy CIO Warren exits VA

    The onetime acting CIO at Veterans Affairs will be taking over CIO duties at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

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    DOD awards massive health records contract

    Leidos, Accenture and Cerner pull off an unexpected win of the multi-billion-dollar Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, beating out the presumptive health-records leader.

  • Sweating the OPM data breach -- Illustration by Dragutin Cvijanovic

    Sweating the stolen data

    Millions of background-check records were compromised, OPM now says. Here's the jaw-dropping range of personal data that was exposed.

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    Let's talk about Alliant 2

    The General Services Administration is going to great lengths to gather feedback on its IT services GWAC. Will it make for a better acquisition vehicle?

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