Pointers: Recommended reading 10-06-08

Not business as usual
Source: BNet
What do you do with staff members who miss meetings, work odd hours and yet are more productive than more traditional employees?

According to a new work management philosophy — known as Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) — you let them keep at it.

According to BNet, Best Buy pioneered this approach and has reaped ample rewards. This online feature provides an overview of ROWE, explaining how it works and how it compares with other management methods.

The privacy dilemma
Source: Navy CIO blog
The best way to protect personally identifiable information is to teach people to treat it like it was classified, writes blogger Robert Carey, the Navy’s chief information officer.

“Because of the threat identity theft presents, it is as important as classified information, and it must be treated that way,” he writes. “Accountability is key at all levels of the workforce” and must include leaders and managers, Carey adds.

Agencies already have security manuals and regulations that cover the handling of personally identifiable information. What’s needed is enforcement, Carey says.

Mobile phone security worries
Source: Mercury News
The more mobile phones come to resemble personal computers, the more likely they are to become targets of viruses, spyware and other security threats, security experts say.

Experts have already identified approximately 500 different cases of malware infecting mobile phones. And more are on the way.

One expert predicts that hackers soon could find a way to listen in on conversations, snoop through phone cameras or track users through built-in GPS functionality.

Thought Police Version 2.0
Source: Innovating Government blog
Jeff Vining, vice president of research at Gartner, explores the privacy implications of an emerging homeland security initiative.

The Homeland Security Department is developing mobile laboratories that provide high-tech sensors to screen people for possible harmful intentions. DHS hopes to field these laboratories at border crossings, major events and other potential terrorist targets.

Although potentially useful, this initiative raises numerous legal and privacy concerns, Vining writes. For example, what happens if someone trips the system because of a medical condition? And what will DHS do with individuals deemed to have bad intentions when it doesn’t have any corroborating evidence?

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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