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IRS hacks, college data, IoT warnings and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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NS 2020 notice, IARPA winners, NASA goes 4K and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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The tricky relationship between agencies and startups

Eastern Foundry works to train the leaders of new companies and help them connect with federal agencies, but it's an often rocky road.

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Intel chiefs say cyber norms, deterrence strategy still elusive

DNI James Clapper told lawmakers that absent a clear U.S. cyber deterrence policy, hacks of the magnitude of the OPM intrusion will continue.

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GAO dings IRS, Secret Service techs-up for pope and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Soloway leaving PSC

After 15 years leading the Professional Services Council, Stan Soloway is making time for another act in his career.

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Obama orders sick leave for federal contractors

Executive order marks the president's 13th expansion of benefits and protections for the contractor workforce.

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What CIOs really study

A degree in IT or administration can help, but top CIOs have degrees in everything from religious studies to zoology.

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IRS watchdog, CTO at odds over testing ACA-linked systems

An oversight report reveals conflicting visions of testing IRS systems that generate tax information under the 2010 health care law.

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PSC presses GSA for EIS clarifications

A letter from the industry association reiterates questions about cost and structure for critical telecom contract.

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Can MOOCs make the grade for federal training?

Massive open online courses can offer specialized IT instruction on a flexible schedule and on the cheap. That may not always mesh with government's preference for structure and certification, however.

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Planning for cyber war in South Dakota

At a Senate field hearing, the message was that tomorrow's talent needs nurturing -- and more scholarship cash -- if America is going to reverse its shortage of cybersecurity professionals.