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A real hard act to follow
States view the Real ID Act as an unreasonable and costly challenge, but some officials see in it the glimmer of a silver lining

How to secure the wireless fortress
Here’s what you must do to protect your WLANs


House cuts critical DOD technology programs
Budget maneuvers take money from battlefield systems

Hack at USDA puts 26,000 at risk

Marines extend satellite communications




Editorial: Forest vs. trees
In recent months, the drive for ethical purity has reached a fevered pitch

Kelman: Battling for young hearts and minds


Voinovich offers workforce improvement bill
Proposal would mandate managerial training and rigorous employee performance reviews

GSA finds most agencies’ telework plans are ad hoc


Future of air traffic is in orbit
FAA says satellite-based system will offer more precise navigation, improve safety

The Pipeline


Report confirms middle-market doldrums
A decade of dwindling growth has hurt weakened midtier federal professional services companies

Aleut Technologies gains foothold in DOD mentoring program

Mike Gaffney takes centerfield for CSC


Move to extend wiretap law to VOIP criticized
Skeptics: Old law doesn’t fit new technology

Bill adds purchase card controls

House panel wants free public access to medical research


A few minutes with...Robert Carey

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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