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The best-laid plan?
Experts debate whether the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace is still relevant — if it ever was

Preventive measures
Making software programmers more security-minded from the start can reduce costs and headaches later on

Lights out
Taking down part of the country’s fiber-optic network could be a crippling blow, but is it so easily done?


Emergency war spending bill sacrifices IT
Bush shifts technology funds to border security

IWN moves to second phase

Williams, Doan get high marks at the start




Editorial: Security: The VA’s reminder
Mistakes such as the recent theft of Department of Veterans Affairs data have consequences -- both good and bad.

Swire: Is data retention secure?


McFarland confident about VA changes
Former CIO says recent data theft highlights need to transform internal IT governance

NOAA responds to IG's censure


Encryption from the database to the laptop PC
Vendor initiatives abound for securing sensitive data

The Pipeline

Quick look: Itronix goes semirugged


Contractors seek edge by hiring former feds
Feds’ knowledge of acquisition regs considered a big plus

VA data theft sparks marketing blitz


COOP policies lack leadership
Policy-makers push telework to the center of business continuity planning

Safety Act rule improves process

Lost conference costs more than dollars

Web tech could aid electronic health record push

Alliant contracts move ahead


Teresa Takai’s 10 tips for change

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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