Buzz Factor

The most-read stories on FCW.com during the past two weeks

1. Telework: Senate gives unanimous thumbs up
Summary: A new bill would give federal employees the presumptive right to telework and would require agencies to come up with plans for letting them do so.
Outlook: Similar legislation failed to pass in the House, so don't break out your bunny slippers yet.

2. NASA’s new FISMA approach and what it means for you
Summary:  NASA is ditching paper-based reports in favor of real-time monitoring.
Outlook: The Federal Information Security Management Acet is undergoing changes, and every agency will feel the effects. (Story, Page 3)

3. Social media divides federal workforce
Summary: Graybeards say social networking is a frivolous time suck, while young feds embrace it.
Outlook: The real issue here is that different generations take different approaches to performance management.

4. Why agencies can’t attract top talent
Summary: FCW readers tell us that young hires find several things unappealing about working in federal offices.
Outlook: Whether it’s a new coat of paint or an updated operating system, agencies have lots of opportunities to freshen up to court new hires.

5. VA sets the telehealth table
Summary: VA’s pioneering telehealth efforts could expand as part of broader health care reform.
Outlook: VA’s remote monitoring of patient health has reduced hospital admissions and resulted in other benefits, which makes it an attractive model for wider use.

6. Legislation would freeze agencies’ hiring
Summary: House Republicans proposed a measure that would address federal budget deficits by instituting a hiring freeze.
Outlook: Despite vocal opposition, that proposal and a similar one in the Senate remain in play.

7. Unions fight proposed pay freeze for feds
Summary: Federal employee unions oppose measures in the House and Senate that would freeze employees' pay and limit agencies’ ability to hire new workers.
Outlook: This promises to be a contentious battle for some time.

8. Are password rules just bad magic?
Summary: In response to our recent articles on strong passwords, a security expert explains why he believes most of the rules for creating and managing complex passwords are unnecessary and even counterproductive.
Outlook: Everybody has an opinion, but security breaches remain an ongoing worry for anyone who uses a computer.

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.