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The '24' effect
Fans say the show is most realistic when it portrays technology’s inconsistent performance

Disciplinary review
Top-notch investment review boards enforce IT spending discipline, but they’re hard to find

Extra protection
Is application-specific backup software worth the added cost?

4 ingredients of safe storage every manager should know about
This analysis discusses four storage technologies that have recently gained traction in the market: Massive Array of Idle Disks, Switched Bunch of Disks, Perpendicular disks and USB thumb drives


Report warns RFID is not best for tracking people
Supporters and critics disagree about whether the technology can protect privacy

Few appeased by DOD’s clearance Band-Aid

ATF, unions agree on telework plan




Editorial: Beyond the Band-Aid
There must be a wholesale look at the way the industry security clearance process works

Welles: Successful succession planning

McCall: New look at an old technology


Forest Service ended year with A-76 savings
Review warns against offsetting the savings with spending increases outside the IT group

Lt. Gen. Peterson led by listening to lieutenants

Pension system to benefit from makeover


Extensions eliminate cell blind spots
Lawrence Berkeley lab uses indoor mobile technology to boost spotty coverage

IBM prepares ground for mainframe resurgence

The new face of biometric access control

The Pipeline


Bankrupt SGI seeks better management
Analysts attribute company’s woes to leadership failures

Fairfax signs new GTSI contract

Palm seeks to break ‘Crackberry’ addiction


IT whacked in Defense Authorization bill
A frustrated House committee cuts funding for programs it says are poorly managed

Agencies want eco-friendly tech

Feds struggle to measure IT value


Feds ought to be in pictures

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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