Weekend Reading

Your essential catch-up on the week's news

Weekend Reading

As you look forward to the weekend, scan this list of some our best stories from the week to catch up on any you missed.

Whistleblowing may be an old practice, but it's a new game in this technological age. Amassing vast amounts of data and distributing it rapidly is easy and cheap today. How does that change the way agencies should protect their information from people who seek to expose it? And does it shift the balance between effectiveness and transparency? Here's our report.

PlusMore analysis on the ease with which Edward Snowden spirited out the data that allowed him to expose the NSA's Prism program.

Have a senior-level vacancy you've been trying to fill for a while? The Partnership for Public Service's John Palguta explains why it's hard to do, as part of an FCW Q&A.

Think Congress isn't doing much to rein in government spending? Former GAO leader David Walker has a proposal to change things.

Around the Web: Microsoft's reversal of a policy that would have severely limited the ability of gamers to lend or sell used games with its forthcoming XBox One console, has been well covered. Wired has one take on it. It's proof that no company is too big to ignore the wishes of its customers – not even Microsoft.

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  • FCW PERSPECTIVES
    sensor network (agsandrew/Shutterstock.com)

    Are agencies really ready for EIS?

    The telecom contract has the potential to reinvent IT infrastructure, but finding the bandwidth to take full advantage could prove difficult.

  • People
    Dave Powner, GAO

    Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT

    The GAO director of information technology issues is leaving government after 16 years. On his way out the door, Dave Powner details how far govtech has come in the past two decades and flags the most critical issues he sees facing federal IT leaders.

  • FCW Illustration.  Original Images: Shutterstock, Airbnb

    Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb?

    Steve Kelman believes a lighter touch and a bit more trust could transform today's compliance culture.

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