Weekend Reading

Your essential catch-up of the week's news

Weekend Reading

Take some time this weekend to catch up on FCW stories you might have missed.

Legislators put Department of Veterans Affairs acting CIO Stephen Warren in the hot seat over IT security and data breaches.

Hear what Jennifer Pahlka, new head of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, has to say about coding for a better government.

Think former EPA head Lisa Jackson was the only agency leader using email accounts under a false name? Not so.

The idea of hackers taking over net-connected refrigerators might seem comical .. but what if they're industrial fridges comprising part of the food supply chain? Or your car?

Dan Tangherlini will probably soon drop the "acting" from his title as GSA administrator. What is his plan for the agency?

Elsewhere: Wired reports on CIA analyst David Stein, the cryptologist who cracked the code of the Kryptos Sculpture at CIA headquarters. Stein wrote an account in 1999 of his efforts to decipher the messages, and the National Security Archive has now published the declassified paper.

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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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