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It's 2015. Do you know where your data is?

Remote access of data is a beautiful and dangerous thing. When it comes to cloud and mobile, feds could take a breather and collect strategies instead of rushing headlong into the year-end spend-a-palooza.

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GAO: FAA overlooking global air traffic risks

Worries persist about how well the FAA's new air traffic control system will work with other systems.

Frank Kendall

Shielding innovation from DOD bureaucracy, mapping feds' local impact and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Army tries to speed cyber acquisition process

The Army is using an acquisition template known as the Information Technology Box to help it cope with cyberthreats.

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.

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.

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.

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The natural tendency of RFPs and RFIs to protect outdated architectures must be overcome if FITARA is to succeed.

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6 hidden costs of continuing resolutions

CRs are a fact of life, but there are substantial costs to funding government on-the-fly.

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OPM: CDM will offer baseline security

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will give agencies a much-needed standard for reporting vulnerabilities.

Dave Wennergren

Moving from oversight to outcomes with FITARA

The law's success hinges on a culture change from blame-setting to measuring progress toward desired goals.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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