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Renato 'Renny' DiPentima

For a legend of the federal IT community, decades of mentoring might be his most enduring legacy.

Mary Davie: GSA's great communicator

Managing a workforce that oversees 7,000 contracts and $3.5 billion in federal spending, Mary Davie sits in the catbird seat of the government's vast IT acquisition operation.

Wikimedia image: Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter holds a press conference with local media at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on March 18, 2013.

Defense chief's email reveals management style, private-sector outreach

The Defense Department has released 1,336 pages of messages and attachments associated with Secretary Ash Carter's personal email account, some of which shed light on his management style and private-sector outreach.

Lt. Col. Joel Babbit

Wi-Fi for soldiers almost a reality

Later this year the Army will be deploying Wi-Fi capability to its soldiers. Meet the man who made it happen.

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7 things no one tells a new CIO

What current and former CIOs wish they'd known before they jumped into an agency job.

Lisa Schlosser (L) and Margie Graves

CIO shuffle: Senior tech leaders detailed to OPM, OMB

Deputy CIOs at DHS and OMB detailed to temporary positions, as part of a move to fill an IT leadership gap at the Office of Personnel Management.

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CIA appoints new CIO

Doug Wolfe, credited with executing on the CIA's move to the cloud, takes another senior role at the agency. John Edwards is his replacement as CIO.

Jeh Johnson

Oversight Committee investigates DHS senior staff for improper email practices

A House panel is probing 29 DHS senior officials, including Secretary Jeh Johnson, for allegedly violating a department-wide ban on personal email access at work.

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Crypto battle presents 'hard choices,' says federal CIO

Federal CIO Tony Scott favors strong encryption, but sees a place for "narrow exceptions" for law enforcement.

LaVerne H. Council, Asst. Secretary for Information and Technology, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The OI&T transformation at VA

LaVerne H. Council, the top tech official at the Department of Veterans Affairs, explains how the Office of Information and Technology is modernizing culture, processes and capabilities to create a a world-class, customer-focused and veteran-centered service organization.

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The topics Obama plans to hit -- and avoid -- at SXSW

The presidential call to action will likely skirt encryption and hiring and instead ask techies to dip into government on a short-term basis.

Vikram Phatak

NSS Labs CEO: U.S. has unilaterally disarmed in cyberspace

In a recent interview, NSS Labs CEO Vikram Phatak discussed a range of topics, including Apple vs. FBI and the lack of operational experience among U.S. government hackers.