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Trump signs federal hiring freeze

As promised during the campaign, President Trump has signed an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across most of the civilian federal workforce.

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How to foster an innovation culture in government

To close the innovation gap between the public and private sector, governments must become applied learning systems that constantly adapt to change.

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Secretary Carter says future is bright for DOD

In his farewell remarks to Department of Defense personnel, Secretary Ash Carter said that the DOD is better and stronger than when he first set foot in the Pentagon 35 years ago.

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Acquisition gateway expands in 2016

One of the General Services Administration's key category management efforts, the acquisition gateway, saw thousands visitors with IT contracts on their minds.

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Is a unified .gov network the way to go?

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity made 53 recommendations last year, but some experts are questioning the call to create a unified .gov network.

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What to make of the Alliant 2 protest rulings

With the pre-award protests all resolved in GSA's favor, is the $50 billion IT services contract now bulletproof?

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DATA Act deadline signals need for upgrades

While most CFO Act agencies expect to hit the May deadline of the DATA Act, some agencies will need to change their accounting practices and upgrade their systems.

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What cyber can learn from counterterrorism

The U.S. has to look at its experience in developing post-9/11 counterterrorism policies to inform efforts to formalize cybersecurity policies, says a senior official.

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Microsoft cloud gets Pentagon's top security rating

Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 cloud offerings have earned a provisional authority to operate certification at Level 5, the highest security level for unclassified information.

Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Deputy secretary to stick at Pentagon through transition

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work will stay on briefly as the senior Pentagon civilian to assist the incoming Trump administration, and officials say it will be business as usual at DOD until new appointees say otherwise.

FBOpen shuttered due to low usage

The GSA site designed to acquaint entrepreneurs, innovators and small enterprises with opportunities in government contracting has been shuttered since the summer.

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Is Congress really going to cut your pay to $1?

A brief history of the Holman Rule, and what it likely means for appropriations, agency programs and individual feds.

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