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Future-readying the federal workforce

Most agencies have the data and domain knowledge needed to drive innovation. Now they need a culture that attracts and nurtures the necessary talent.

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Priming the pump for innovation in the next administration

A new report offers a range of suggestions for encouraging and sustaining innovation in government.

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High-profile hacks and the asymmetry of disclosure

Data leaks are impossible to reverse, so the best strategy is to prevent intruders from having prolonged, unfettered access to systems in the first place.

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Modular procurement and the dark side of the force

Agencies can't afford the risk that comes with IT Death Stars.

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How social media can help spot insider threats

A recent directive on using individuals’ social media activity in the security clearance process is a good first step, but it could go even further.

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Beyond the lab: Government innovation in unlikely places

Dedicated innovation shops are in vogue, but a culture of user-centered thinking can be put to work in any corner of government.

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How end users can make or break an agency migration

IT modernization is a risky endeavor, and agencies too often overlook the human factor.

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Federal digital transformation: What's next for USDS and 18F?

The government's digital teams have provided desperately needed skills, but government is an "at-scale" enterprise that cannot afford to wait for a small cadre of specialists to make its way around to everyone.

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Dispelling the myth of 'perfect' security

A new approach called micro-segmentation is easy to deploy, requires fewer security resources and could be the key to streamlining risk management.

5 habits of highly effective government power users

Successful power users are technically curious, skilled at communication and highly organized. And they are essential to the government's data revolution.

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Creating federal digital services that actually work

User stories and continuous delivery are vital but count for little if fundamental needs are not being met.

The push for enterprise risk management

Savvy agency leaders are already integrating holistic ERM into decision-making processes as they wait for new guidance from OMB.