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1. 4 reasons why managers resist telework — and why they might be wrong

Summary: Management experts discuss the flaws in common objections to telework, such as the inadequacy of home offices and the lack of employee visibility.

Outlook: The objectors and the contrarians each make good points; necessity will breed invention.

2. Mythbuster: Federal workers not overpaid, senator

Summary: Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) rebuts a recent report that federal employees make more money than their private-sector counterparts.

Outlook: The senator, successor and longtime staff aide to Vice President Joseph Biden, did his homework. But the debate rages on.

3. 5 critical steps on the road to IPv6

Summary: Agencies need to move deliberately to upgrade their infrastructure for IPv6 so they don't miss out on new features of the global Internet.

Outlook: The situation is going to become urgent soon, so the feds can't dillydally.

4. 7 BlackBerry tricks from the pros (but what's missing?)

Summary: Did you know you can navigate your BlackBerry faster by using built-in keyboard shortcuts? We show you the most helpful ones, along with six other tips.

Outlook: Your thumbs will thank you.

5. Game changer: DOD rewrites its book on acquisition strategy

Summary: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has an elaborate set of proposals for reforming acquisition at the Defense Department. Some are more realistic than others.

Outlook: There’s a big difference between issuing proposals and making them reality. DOD’s leaders can expect some stiff resistance along the way.

6. New DOD acquisition strategy sparks debate

Summary: As details of Defense Department leaders' proposed acquisition reforms emerge, critics begin to object to various aspects.

Outlook: If Gates and Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter stick to their guns, expect a lengthy debate on the topic.

7. TSA may have a solution for virtual-striptease body scans

Summary: New software for airport body scanners replaces near-naked images of travelers with avatars that reveal contraband but not intimate body parts.

Outlook: Privacy advocates should be satisfied — if the technology works well. It’s still being tested.

8. GSA may recompete HSPD-12 contract

Summary: The General Services Administration's inspector general says the competition for a services contract didn't fully comply with acquisition policy, and GSA officials might choose to conduct the competition all over again.

Outlook: It isn’t clear that a new competition would lead to any change in outcome, but GSA officials are considering some contract changes if they do go ahead with a new solicitation.


About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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