Richard Spires

IT insecurity and the need for better management

Effective implementation of FITARA is the government’s best hope to address decades of mismanagement and make IT systems more secure.

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Spoofing the feds, EHR interoperability and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Scott French is vice president of government at Panasonic System Communications Co. of North America.

How will FITARA affect government mobility?

The new law empowers CIOs to fully integrate mobile technology into the federal workplace — and transform employee productivity.

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Shutdown guide, CTO study, US/UK cyber ties and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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The shifting IT shopping lists

A survey of buyers of government IT found surprising trends in the solutions being sought.

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OPM trumpets the 1 percent

In a partial release of major survey results, the Office of Personnel Management touted improvement, though the data reveal only minor changes in federal employee feelings.

Michael Rogers

NSA director fears shutdown effect on employee morale

Even the prospect of another government shutdown has the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command worried that more of his workforce will decamp for the private sector.

GWACs pull in billions on IT orders as fiscal year winds down

NITAAC, SEWP V and other government-wide IT contracting vehicles are doing a booming business as the end of fiscal 2015 looms.

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Coding boot camps: 'Very empowering, very transformational'

As an alternative or supplement to a computer science degree, coding boot camps can help women get their foot in the door – or kick in the door -- of the tech workforce.

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Cyber problems at, cyber sharing at the Pentagon and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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EIS RFP might spill into October

GSA says it will set the fees agencies pay to use the telecom contracting vehicle “significantly” lower than originally planned.

AGA Survey Series - "Accelerating Change: The 2015 Inspector General Survey"

Mounting requirements, shrinking staffs plague IGs

Expanded responsibilities under the Data Act are only going to make things tougher for understaffed IG offices, says a new report.