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The next bright idea
The roles government and industry play in innovative research have changed dramatically. Will America continue to lead the world in innovation?

Legislative ideas
Lawmakers are considering packages that seek to boost science and technology research

Wanted: Information assurance-savvy people
DOD is poised to push a new training and certification program to all military services and civilian departments

BPM aims to be a better team player
Success with business process management software lies in winning over weary users and linking to other office applications


TSA considers sole-sourcing TWIC contract
Bill language steers contract to a group that ID management companies view as unqualified

FAA manages air traffic with Linux

Agencies, unions brace for first phase of NSPS pilot program



Editorial: Research and development
Most people agree that innovation is important, but they disagree about what role the federal government should play

Lisagor: Lead with enlightenment


Nels Olson’s new lab is in the library
Materials researcher gives up biotech career to work with books at Library of Congressp>

State tries viral marketing


Open platform preferred for digital archives
ERA advisory committee recommends open model if security constraints allow

The Pipeline

Laptop is one tough traveler


CACI seeks scale and depth in acquisitions
Consolidation strategy opens new doors for integrator

XO spinoff beams broadband


Cybersecurity research plan identifies threats
Federal plan lacks a funding strategy for critical infrastructure protection R&D

Brailer resigns from health IT role

OMB touts the value in best-value

FCW in Print

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


  • 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.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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