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

Federal vs. private pay: The latest take on who makes more
Summary: A survey showed feds get paid less than private-sector counterparts in similar jobs.
Outlook: Federal salaries ranked an average of 2.1 percent less than private firms in this study, but other stories (see below) found different results.

Federal vs. corporate pay scales: A cartoonist tries to sort it all out
Summary: FCW cartoonist and blogger John Klossner takes a stab at figuring out who gets paid more.
Outlook: Readers say Klossner captured perfectly the difficulty of answering the question with any certainty.

Air Force lab finds a simple way to support telework
Summary: The Air Force discovers that an existing tool, Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), can create the trusted endpoints needed to allow telework.
Outlook: As telework becomes more common, the military and other agencies will encounter situations in which security is a sticking point. LPS might provide a solution in some cases.

Multitaskers: How 5 busy CIOs get through their day
Summary: Successful IT executives share tips on juggling multiple tasks.
Outlook: Time management skills never go out of style, especially as budgets tighten and workloads expand.

Big telework savings trump butts in the seats
Summary: At a recent conference, government leaders said telework needs to spread rapidly.
Outlook: The Office of Personnel Management says managers are starting to get with the program. Will they move faster now?

The next big contracting scandal
Summary: A set-aside program for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans is ripe for abuse.
Outlook: Based on reader comments, the story struck a nerve. Some said we were unfairly stigmatizing veterans, while others opposed the whole concept of set-asides.

Feds paid at least $1B to dead people
Summary: A Republican lawmaker published a study purporting to show a pattern of fraud and carelessness in payments from government benefits programs.
Outlook: The Obama administration has pledged to eliminate billions of dollars in improper payments in two years.

Google sues Interior over cloud RFQ
Summary: After months of unsuccessfully trying to persuade the Interior Department to allow it to compete on a contract, Google has taken the agency to court.
Outlook: If Google wins, it could be more difficult for agencies to limit competition in the future.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

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    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

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    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

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    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

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    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

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    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

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