DOD acquisition officials see trade-off problem

Best-value trade-offs are time-consuming and a sticky subject, especially when they involve complex contracts, a lot of money and bid protests.

Agencies hard hit by shortage of cybersecurity pros

Programs are under way to identify, educate and provide career paths for potential cybersecurity professionals demanded by government and private industry, a panel of experts said, but it will be years before the pipeline is producing.

BSA debuts asset management standard

A trade group has developed a certification program that will help agency managers keep cloud operations and software management humming.

FBI agents cheated on computerized exam, IG says

The FBI's inspector general today alleged that agents and supervisors cheated on an operations exam delivered online.

Workforce morale can be sapped by unskillled managers

A recent study shows that employees are often dissatisfied with supervisors who have technical rather than managerial chops, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

Pentagon beefs up info sharing after Fort Hood review

Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered the military to adopt tighter security measures and improve methods that unit commanders use to share medical information about potentially violent individuals under their command.

Federal HR skills may not be sufficient to tackle reforms

A new report indicates that top human capital officials believe many federal human resource professionals might not have the skills necessary for improving the way the government hires, motivates and keeps employees.

The pros and cons of government cybersecurity work

A couple of old-line security pros warn that cybersecurity jobs – especially in government – are likely to be frustrating for qualified hackers. But there also are some upsides to the work.

Pat Niehaus

Making telework happen: It's up to managers now

Management resistance to telework is rational and born of experience, but it need not be a permanent obstacle, writes Patricia Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association.

Industry retirees leave mainframe computers behind

Old mainframe computers stay at a company longer than the employees who know how to run them, according to a news report.

Obama orders agencies to increase hiring of disabled into federal workforce

Reviving a Clinton-era hiring goal, President Obama on July 26 signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities by adding 100,000 disabled employees over the next five years.

Industry group offers certification for cloud computing security

The Cloud Security Alliance is offering a Certificate for Cloud Security Knowledge based on its guidelines for best security practices.

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