Pointers: Recommended readings

A NASA CIO joins the blogosphere
Source: NASA
Linda Cureton, chief information officer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, recently joined the ranks of CIO bloggers. Her first entry, on May 30, is “The Art of Change Leadership.”
A sample grab: “When we become CIOs, we have to realize we are not working in a dictatorship and that we need change leadership competencies in order move the change agenda forward,” Cureton wrote. “The CIO’s failure to effectively execute the art of change leadership will result in change that is merely temporary or in 18-month CIO life cycles.”

Government of the future
Source: IBM
A report by IBM’s Institute for Business Value identifies six megatrends that are reshaping how government operates. Those trends — including changing demographics, environmental concerns and social-networking technology — are converging to create a perpetual collaboration mandate for government agencies.

IBM has posted an executive summary of the “Government 2020” report on its Web site, but users must register to receive the full report.

10 social-networking security trends to watch
Source: CRN.com
CRN explains how some familiar security threats are finding their way into the Web 2.0 world. This slide show takes readers through each threat — such as spyware, worms and phishing — and its impact on social-networking applications.

“The explosion of social networking has reinvented communication as we know it, creating new opportunities to develop friendships, romances and business contacts all over the world — a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the malware authors and organized crime,” the article states.

Star Trek: The Cake
Source: TrekMovie.com
A Baltimore bakery recently made a cake that — no kidding — re-creates the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. According to TrekMovie.com, the cake will be featured on “The Ace of Cakes” on the Food Network.

“The ‘Trek’ cake is not the first pop-culture franchise that Duff Goldman’s bakery has taken on, the Web site reports. “In the past they have done Harry Potter, ‘Star Wars’ and others.”

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.

  • Shutterstock image.

    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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