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Why agile is a state of mind

Developing more efficient and imaginative ways to craft agile IT contracts is about practical thinking, not contract type, says one expert.

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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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Census taps Mandiant for cyber assessment

The Census Bureau selected a vendor on a sole-source basis to assess its vulnerability -- and announced plans to hire a CISO.

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VA mulls commercial EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rounding up options for potential off-the-shelf health records software to replace its homegrown VistA product.

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How can leaders keep exiting feds on point during the transition?

Job satisfaction data could point the way to a smooth transition for incoming and remaining federal employees.

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Understanding the not-so-scary state of bid protests

Vendor protests of huge contract awards are probably inevitable, but a federal procurement expert says that’s always been the case.

White House releases open source policy

Federal CIO Tony Scott announced plans to make federal software code usable and sharable across agencies, and a pilot program to release some code to the public.

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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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Delays in Data Act standards could complicate compliance

A GAO report says the data transparency law holds considerable promise for ensuring that government money is well spent, but data schema and tools for agencies are not yet where they need to be.

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OMB unveils category management policy for mobile

Mobile devices and services get the buying scrutiny that has already been applied to laptops, desktops and software licensing.

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Understanding how FITARA grades are calculated

The Government Accountability Office scores agencies' implementation efforts -- and some of the metrics may surprise you.

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GSA, OMB release shared-services framework

The guidance aims to help federal agencies migrate from old, legacy support systems to more shared functions.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

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