Academic programs in homeland security make gains, report states

More academic institutions are offering degree and certificate programs in homeland security, but the field lacks standard coursework and core teaching areas, according to a new report.

OMB, DHS take various steps to secure networks

Secure desktop configuration, training and a software acquisition guide should make federal systems more secure, officials say.

Contracting officers need training in critical areas, survey finds

The survey, conducted by OFPP, OPM and other agencies, also finds that many of the best-trained contracting officers are likely to retire in the next 10 years.

Intell teams get ready for action

New program offers intensive training for early-career intelligence analysts.

VA turns to Plateau for e-learning system

The department awarded Plateau Systems a $10 million contract to help train VA employees and meet federal mandates.

OPM: Calling all SES hopefuls

Agency seeks to expand feds’ enrollment in executive leadership training program

Army center to get knowledge management help

The Army Defense Ammunition Center has hired SI International to evaluate training courses and develop Web-based processes.

DOD launches workforce study of contracting skills

Effort will study the skills and competencies of 26,000 DOD acquisition employees

DARPA leads new AI research

Computer scientists have long sought to develop computers that can match the subject expertise that humans acquire during a career or a lifetime. Despite intensive work with expert systems and other forms of artificial intelligence, researchers have discovered that building a computer that can learn like a person is more difficult that they expected. Now, with a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Bootstrapped Learning, the agency wants to generate renewed interest in achieving…

Ethics: Rules vs. common sense?

Industry executives worry that heightened ethics sensitivity will stymie productive and necessary relations between government and industry

Alliance: DHS will miss Pass card deadline

The Smart Card Alliance says the department cannot finish testing ID cards with RFID tags in time for them to be an alternative to passports by next summer.

Why training programs often fail

In most contracts, integrators are measured on the efficiency of the training process, rather than on the increased competency of end users.

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