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5 steps to more effective CTOs

New report examines roles and reporting structures for federal chief technology officers.

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Why contract language matters with cloud

GSA's FedRAMP is a good starting point for cloud security, but experts say agencies must fine-tune their arrangements with vendors by using service-level agreements.

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IG tells TSA to tighten up transportation ID security

Dockworkers, truckers and others must have government-issued credentials to access secure facilities, but a watchdog says the program for granting those credentials needs to be improved.

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Cloud approval can cost over $2 million

Cost estimates for FedRAMP authorization aren't simple to calculate, but on average it runs about $2.25 million, according to GSA.

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Managing the transition

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service wants the next administration to treat government as an integrated enterprise and tap the existing talent pool.

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GSA retools Schedule 70 for cyber

Government technology purchasers using GSA's Schedule 70 have new options for acquiring cybersecurity services.

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Lawmaker grouses about cybersecurity delays at IRS

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wants the tax agency to pick up the pace on Einstein implementation.

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How agencies plan to improve customer service

Federal agencies are increasingly looking to the private sector for tips on how to improve customer experience.

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GAO warns Census IT efforts are lagging

The Census Bureau may miss targets on a major IT modernization plan ahead of the 2020 population count, according to a GAO report.

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New CISO faces tough sprint

Greg Touhill, the first governmentwide CISO, will have a long task list and a short window of time as the Obama administration enters its last four months.

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IC: Technology is a threat and a tool

Intelligence community leaders say technology continues to present new threats and new opportunities to combat them.

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Are NIST's privacy controls out of date?

Federal chief privacy officers are charged with ensuring that agencies store data legally and safely, but some are concerned that their policy guidelines are outmoded.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

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