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Are they A-76 winners or second-class feds?

Public/private jobs competitions are unpopular with lawmakers, fraught with anxiety for employees and increasingly not worth the trouble for companies invited to compete. But there are positive lessons for CXOs about the government's policy of competitive sourcing.

Getting the message out

Everyone talks about best practices, but like messages in a bottle, best practices are difficult to find. Should agencies be trying harder?


Buzz of the Week: OMB's Burk will leave legacy of change

Feds earn low grades from SBA

Half of all agencies received failing marks on first rating of small-business contracting

Security clearance process needs new ideas

Agencies to lead in applying immigration provisions


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Editorial: Praising experimentation

Web 2.0 technologies may be difficult to assess in terms of ROI, but there is potential in those technologies

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Lent: Fixing an image problem

Talcove: A business case for IPv6

Kobuszewski: The new green


Does DHS need a chief manager?

Lawmakers would like a CMO to provide

long-term management continuity at DHS

Congress touts telework


Virtual sergeant does recruiting

Army creates an intelligent search tool to assist overworked service recruiters

Watch out, YouTube


TSA could lose FAR exemption

Lawmakers want TSA to follow the same procurement rules that everyone else does

Air Force stands behind industry code


E-authentication grows up

GSA bets agencies will be willing to pay a fee for e-authentication services

Digital standards come first

House axes stability ops center

Congress takes aim at US-VISIT


Top 10 tech hits at 25

Editorials: Submission guidelines

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FCW in Print

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


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

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    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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