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FEATURES

VA climbs out of a hornet's nest
Data security became a top priority at VA in the past year, but officials acknowledge that more work — much more — remains to be done

After the breach, now what?
Would a federal breach notification law bring greater security and sanity to those who find their personal data has been lost or stolen?

When personal data gets out of the box...
A new Federal Computer Week survey finds that the theft of a Veterans Affairs Department laptop PC pushed data security to the forefront at many agencies


NEWS

Buzz of the Week: GAO's HR reality-check time

  • Take the poll: Is GAO on the right track with its pay-for-performance plan?

DOD cuts back on GovWorks
Effect could severely reduce revenue at Interior's IT assisted services center

Lawmakers want to recharge FISMA

Vendors claim VA contracts unfair

Circuit


COMMENT

Editorial: The brave new world
Government policy struggles to keep up with advances in technology

Wagner: The wave of the future

Miller: Good government

Kelman: Buying commercial

Petrillo: A failed experiment


MANAGEMENT

OPM sees green on clearances
Officials credit increased oversight for shrinking lengthy clearance times

More feds work on the go

Employee issues worry CFOs

  • See the results from the ASMC survey of Defense financial management executives.
    (Source: Grant Thornton)

TECHNOLOGY

An espresso shot for disc drives
New hybrid hard drives that blend disk and flash memory will appear this fall

DOD reaches first milestone with system's deployment


PROCUREMENT

Denett focuses on FPDS data
Proponents of better federal contracting decry lack of reliable contracting data

Commerce explores hosted e-mail


POLICY

OMB clarifies HR line of business
New guidance for Human Resources LOB focuses on the application of A-76 rules

Security LOB cleared for takeoff

Feds, industry expand digital partnerships


FLIPSIDE

FCW@20: When we were 10


Buzz of the Week

  • Click here to find out what the word about town was or here to listen to a podcast of the Buzz from the June 11, 2007, issue.

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