Alison Hickey.

VA's Hickey resigns, OMB seeks cyber specialist and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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OMB bars new desktop, laptop contracts

The White House is pushing a plan to restrict the buying of office computers to a few key contracts to keep prices down.

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McCain blasts Air Force acquisition of GPS

Arizona Republican John McCain blasted an Air Force program to acquire a next generation operating control system that is central to the service’s GPS modernization plans.

LaVerne Horton Council

Big changes coming to VA OI&T

Some 100 days into her tenure, Department of Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council is reshaping one of the government's biggest civilian side IT shops.

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5 books for your reading list

There are important lessons for federal IT managers in recent fiction and nonfiction books alike.

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OPM security chief: You're gonna need a bigger boat

There's a playbook for what to do when a big data breach hits, says an OPM official who learned it all the hard way.

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How FITARA helps federal CIOs straddle IT and finance roles

Being an effective CIO means mastering multiple disciplines. Four CIOs new to their posts explain the demands of the role, and how new rules strengthen the CIO's hand in federal organizations.

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Peace Corps breaks records, moves hiring tech to the cloud

As applications spike, the team behind the agency's volunteer onboarding technology is forging ahead into hybrid cloud and social engagement.

Protecting government IT systems at the source

Most IT organizations understand the importance of protecting data but have a blind spot regarding the security of the IT systems themselves.

Ronald W. Pontius, Deputy to the Commanding General for U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army

Army experiments with cyber warfare

The Army continues to experiment with equipping its land forces with cyber capabilities, a recognition that future combat operations could increasingly have a cyber dimension.

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When a 'short-term' extension is a bridge too far, 3D printing at the Pentagon and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

LaVerne Horton Council

Here's what VA's decisive new CIO has planned

LaVerne Council is preparing to reveal a new cybersecurity strategy and an overall direction for IT operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Fed 100

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

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