Weekend Reading

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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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  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • 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.

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