Bill would extend civilian contractor whistleblower protections

New legislation would protect personal service contractors and subcontractors who report waste, fraud and abuse.

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Lawmakers seek to keep tabs on politicking by feds

Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want details on federal employees' political activities during this contentious election season.

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How states can opt out of FirstNet

States are getting an early look at what they might have to do to opt out of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for first responders.

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Congress worries that virtual monsters are eating up data

House Democrats want assurances that the wildly popular Pokemon Go app is consuming the data of unsuspecting mobile consumers.

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Which agencies have the happiest IT workers?

A deep dive into federal job satisfaction data found some bright spots for IT, but there is room for improvement in training and making employees feel like they're part of the mission.

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Watchdog: DOD's infrastructure push needs scope

The Pentagon's push toward a common IT infrastructure lacks workforce planning and other management details, including a more precise scope, according to a new GAO report.

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Chinese businessman sentenced in military contractor hack

A federal judge has sentenced a Chinese national who admitted to being part of a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors.

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New bill calls for agency-specific IT modernization funds

A new bill, which would empower agencies to reprogram funds and bank their own savings, could be an easier sell to appropriators than the White House's plan for a $3.1 billion governmentwide fund.

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Workforce management advice for the next administration

The National Academy of Public Administration wants to see more workforce accountability and bottom-up feedback from the next administration.

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On Capitol Hill, concerns remain about DOD-VA interoperability

Senate appropriators grilled top VA officials about whether the military and Veterans Affairs electronic health records systems are cooperating.

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DOE wants $15 million more for securing the grid

The funding would concentrate on community-owned utilities and electricity cooperatives, which generally have less money to spend on cybersecurity than bigger, investor-owned utilities.

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Why open source is a draw for job candidates

The chance to work with open-source technologies can help federal agencies attract top IT professionals.

FCW in Print

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

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