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Guaranteeing back pay, sequester survey, another hackathon and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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CIOs urged to flex their financial muscle

A retired general tells federal CIOs they need to stop wasteful spending before it gets started, and says they could have a powerful ally in their agency CFO.

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So many credentials: 23 certifications in high demand

Here's a list of almost two dozen IT certifications that are in high demand in both government and the private sector.

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HUD rushing into shared services future, IG says

IG David Montoya is concerned that HUD's plans are underfunded and reliant on legacy tech.

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Obama directs agencies to use behavioral science

The executive order is part of a continuing effort to change the way federal agencies interact with customers.

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Adopting new tech can lead to sleepovers

FCC CIO David Bray compared his agency's move to the commercial cloud as akin to Apollo 13 – "everything was cool – at first."

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New CIO plans long-overdue upgrades at Library of Congress

A March GAO report called out five key weaknesses in Library IT, and Bernard A. Barton Jr. hopes to address all of them.

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What are agencies doing with IT money they're saving?

GAO says 24 federal agencies saved $3.6 billion between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2014, and need to keep better track of how they reinvest those savings.

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More problems, new VP at ITI and Census' startup app

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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The brave new world of cyber insurance

Getting cyber insurance is a "last line of defense" that can also help secure a company before a hack even happens. But the industry needs more information, and Uncle Sam might have a big role to play.

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How OPM hopes to cultivate cyber talent

A partnership with truED allows feds to take online courses at substantially reduced rates.

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GOP bird dogging OPM's IT upgrade

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is focusing his scrutiny on a giant modernization project which, according to OPM's inspector general, lacks funding and good management.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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