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Debt commission aims at feds' pay, benefits
Summary: As part of an effort to reduce the national debt, a federal commission has recommended a freeze on federal pay and benefit increases and a 10 percent reduction in the number of federal employees.
Outlook: With Republicans in charge of the House, calls for spending cuts are going to increase. Your paycheck could be at risk.

4 ingredients of a telework success
Summary: Federal organizations with successful telework programs share some of their secrets.
Outlook: With winter on its way, smart agencies are preparing for office closures by beefing up their telework plans.

Federal pay raise challenged, but union head defends it
Summary: The president of the National Treasury Employees Union lashes out at what she believes is an unfair portrayal of overpaid feds.
Outlook: Remember those Republicans we mentioned? Some of them are planning to oppose your pay raise on the grounds that you're overpaid as it is.

GSA employee's error exposes entire staff to potential identity theft
Summary: A General Services Administration employee apparently sent a file that contained personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, for all GSA employees to someone outside the agency.
Outlook: Although it does not appear that the information has been misused, the agency is offering a year of free identity theft insurance. Another near miss. Here's hoping luck holds.

Federal vs. private pay: The latest take on who makes more
Summary: An analysis shows that the gap between federal and private-sector pay is widening.
Outlook: The growth in the gap is more than the planned raise, if you get one, so look for the chasm to get even wider.

3 case studies in social media experimentation
Summary: We profile agencies that took chances with social media and show how their experiments turned out.
Outlook: The future of Gov 2.0 belongs to those who are willing to take risks and learn from them.

Does Google's lawsuit mean that cloud computing has hit the big time?
Summary: After getting no help via the protest process, Google has sued to be allowed to compete for a contract written to exclude everyone but Microsoft.
Outlook: If cloud computing is considered common enough that agencies have favorites to play, it's a sign that the concept has gone mainstream.

Army CIO Sorenson retires quietly
Summary: Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson retired as Army CIO, leaving questions about who will fill his shoes.
Outlook: Those are big shoes, but there are some big-footed contenders.

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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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