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Weekend Reading

The big news of the week was the revelation that the National Security Agency has been harvesting vast amounts of metadata from telephone companies and online services, leading to fears of privacy violations and personal data-mining. That is a lot of data

The Postal Service doesn't have a reputation for innovation, but two stories this week call that image into question. One details the organization's use of data mining and analytics for preventing or detecting fraud, and the other documents its use of agile software development.

Another story about big data describes the art required to collect and use it well. It is a science, yes, but a creative one.

The question of whether CIOs should have budget authority has come to the fore again.

Around the Web: Facebook's taken DIY to a new level – its newest data center is filled entirely with servers that the social networking company designed itself, reports Ars Technica.

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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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