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Will 2016 be the year the government gets email under control?

Agencies have until the end of 2016 to manage email records in electronic format, and early reports suggest that success may be possible.

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FITARA set to pick up speed in 2016

Federal CIOs face more deadlines, but are taking new powers to heart.

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Coming in 2016: Cloud legislation

The New Year will bring a bill designed to streamline the way agencies fund, acquire and approve the move to cloud computing.

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Build or buy? Critical Census IT decisions loom in 2016

The coming year is full of critical milestones as the Census Bureau prepares for 2020, but fundamental strategy questions remain unanswered.

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Truly committing to innovation and the cloud

Government's success is enabled by using contracting practices that reward rather than discourage new ideas and approaches.

White House hopes to trim $9B software spend

Can smarter management and detailed reporting requirements help agencies stop overpaying for software?

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How to manage agency budgets in real time

Here are three steps for moving from static spreadsheets to truly dynamic tools that support decision-making and mission analysis.

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Congress passes $1.1T spending bill

Congress passed the omnibus appropriations bill on Dec. 18, funding the federal government through fiscal year 2016 and averting a possible shutdown.

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White House sends cyber deterrence policy to Congress

Lawmakers have long asked for such a policy, but the debate is likely only getting started now that they have one.

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Congress grants the National Labs a FITARA exemption in omnibus

The $1.1 trillion spending bill includes a FITARA carve-out for the National Labs, some key appropriations for IT improvements and cybersecurity, and lumps of coal for a few problematic programs.

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Johnson introduces updates to terror watch system

A new bulletin marks an effort to refine the way the government alerts the public about terrorism threats.

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Embracing failing grades and moving forward

After an abysmal performance on the FITARA scorecard, some CIOs are owning their terrible grades and focusing on how to make improvements.

FCW in Print

Check out the digital edition of FCW magazine -- the federal IT community's premier publication.

In this issue: Profiles of every Fed 100 winner, the government and industry Eagle Award winners and more.

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