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Adding telework to agency survival kits
A distributed workforce can keep essential services running after devastating man-made or natural disasters

SMS does SOS
Short Message Service earns valued role as a link of last resort for crisis communications

Fail-safe storage options
New options promise faster recovery plus better data protection at headquarters and remote sites


GAO: Common Criteria is not common enough
Auditors say the process takes too long and its effectiveness is not well-understood

FAA telecom effort lags

DHS looks for new financial management plan



Editorial: When the office is optional
Although telework has never really taken hold, acceptance seems to be growing

Kelman: A concept whose time has come

Lisagor: Diversity generates creativity

Nadler: Know your rights

Wohlleben: Looking back, looking forward

Smith: The carrot-and-stick approach


GSA clarifies telework rules for managers
New guidelines attempt to eliminate confusion about legalities, properties

Leaders urged to manage dissent


Framework could aid global information exchange
UDEF attracting interest of National Cancer Institute, IT groups

Honey, I shrunk the computer

Symantec security gateways: Simple and reliable

The Pipeline


Monster roars at government market
Key hires and new advisory board signal new fed focus

Input moves into IT consulting


Lack of oversight endangers missile defense
Inspector general and defense analysts point to network security and policy missteps

Time for a new look at security

Audio recordings are an endangered species

Some types of Web links break the law


PC crash? Chessen is ready to listen

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

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