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10 gov Web apps that get results
SUMMARY: We surveyed government-developed applications that work well.
OUTLOOK: Feds are starting to get the hang of developing tools for interacting with the public.

Group takes aim at feds, suggests $47 billion in pay cuts
SUMMARY: The conservative Heritage Foundation wants to slash federal salaries.
OUTLOOK: So far, it's just one group's opinion, but watch to see if anyone in Congress takes up the charge.

Do managers have good reasons for opposing telework?
SUMMARY: Many managers are reluctant to embrace telework, and some have pretty sound arguments.
OUTLOOK: Based on the range of reader comments our blog post garnered, this is Topic A for many feds.

More feds may telework, House says
SUMMARY: Legislation that expands the number of federal employees eligible for telework moves closer to becoming law.
OUTLOOK: The momentum is clearly on the side of telework. Now comes the hard part.

The first affliction of the federal workforce: Low expectations
SUMMARY: A theme of FCW commenters is that the federal workplace often doesn't expect — nor get — much out of employees.
OUTLOOK: Paradoxically, if expectations are raised, more frustration might follow.

FLITE cancellation: VA pulls plug on modernization effort
SUMMARY: CIO Roger Baker cancels a $500 million project to free up funding for more pressing needs.
OUTLOOK: New uses of the funds include upgrading VA's patient records and veterans' benefits systems.

Would-be federal teleworkers raise their voices
SUMMARY: In the ongoing struggle between employees and some managers for greater telework freedom, a simple question posed on an online forum can cause an outpouring of passionate response.
OUTLOOK: The people want freedom.

DHS to take FISMA lead
SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Department will take primary responsibility in the executive branch for the operational aspects of securing federal civilian agency systems covered by FISMA.
OUTLOOK: FISMA has been around since 2002 and shows no signs of fading away, but its shape changes periodically. This development will reshape FISMA's management scheme.


About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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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