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Techies are hurting, federal employee survey shows

In the newest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, feds show they're feeling better than they have over the past few years – but there's still room for improvement, especially in mission-critical IT.

Jerry McGinn, Principal Deputy Director at Office of the Secretary of Defense.

DOD looks to predict key defense markets

The Defense Department should take a “more proactive and predictive approach” to identifying key technologies in the defense industrial base that need nurturing, a Pentagon official said Oct. 5.

Kelly Olson keeps eyes on the prize

At age 5, is opening doors to the federal market for problem solvers, but it may never be a vehicle for large-scale IT projects.

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$50B federal telecom RFP coming in mid-October

The General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract will anchor the agency's NS 2020 telecommunications strategy.

Making FITARA matter: An IT management maturity model

The co-chairs of ACT-IAC's FITARA Implementation Project unveil its first tool for agency IT leaders.

18F builds cloud platform, FirstNet tweaks RFP and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

OMB DDM Beth Cobert, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Jan. 14, 2014

OPM notices go out, GAO dings GPRA progress, ag security gets crowdsourced and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Richard Spires

IT Insecurity: Aggressive use of security solutions

To avoid massive data breaches in the future, the government must address its cumbersome acquisition process and misguided IT security practices.

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Time to consider the 'hack-back' strategy?

The U.S. government may have legal access to some surprisingly dirty cyber tactics -- and in order to stave off future hacks, it may need to use them.

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5 things agencies get wrong about infosec

A GAO report finds persistent weaknesses in how federal agencies protect their data and their IT systems.

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Time for U.S. to gut 'malware kingpins'

Experts say the military needs to think in revolutionary terms about cyber warfare and adopt preemptive tactics -- but not act unilaterally.

Dave Wennergren

Ideas for the next president

It's not too early to start thinking about how to help the upcoming administration define its priorities for improving federal IT.