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Training program for vets focuses on analytics

Now working with its fourth class of students, NS2 Serves is teaching hard-to-hire veterans the data skills that government and industry desperately need.

Joanie Newhart

Getting smarter about IT acquisition

OFPP and FAI aim to recruit, train, develop and retain talented acquisition professionals for the federal government, and revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting are just the beginning.

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USPS wants to go high-tech without losing jobs

An agency long crippled by skyrocketing labor costs is trying to use technology not to trim its workforce but to preserve jobs.

Jim Ghiloni is the OASIS program executive officer at GSA.

The outlook for OASIS

The $60 billion vehicle for integrated services has already influenced other big acquisition efforts, but fiscal 2016 will be critical for OASIS's future success.

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Tony Scott says IT spending 'headed the wrong way'

The federal CIO slammed the way federal agencies tend to spend too much maintaining old systems and how they rush to empty their budgets at year's end.

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Interior renews support for obsolete tech

Microsoft declared Windows Server 2003 dead in July, but the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation is buying custom support for 100 licenses.

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GSA enters quiet mode on telecom RFP

The rest of the month will be spent making final changes to the RFP, so GSA will not be responding to additional inquiries.

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More screens, more millennials?

Getting young people into government can be challenging. One company's prescription: Wow them with a "Minority Report" conference room.

Andrew Chang_Eastern Foundry

Removing acquisition roadblocks — together

Government innovation is a no-go unless agencies, prime contractors and startups come together to clear the path.

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Army cyber training, an $850M comms contract, DOJ seeks a CISO and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Dave Gwyn

The new RFI: Request for innovation

The natural tendency of RFPs and RFIs to protect outdated architectures must be overcome if FITARA is to succeed.

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Labor CIO pushes back against critical IG report

Dawn Leaf defended the department's efforts to implement two-factor authentication and raised concerns about the 'completeness and accuracy' of the IG's findings.