Weekend Reading

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Weekend Reading

Synchronicity struck FCW this week. On Monday we reported on a lawmaker who wants to make invoking the Fifth Amendment a firing offense for federal employees, and then on Wednesday, a highly placed IRS official did just that – Gregory Roseman, the IRS deputy director for enterprise networks and tier support systems, asserted his right against self-incrimination at a hearing probing his relationship with a sketchy contractor.

What's wrong with the way our country trains cybersecurity professionals? A recent article suggested there's too much emphasis on certifications, not enough on real-world smarts.

The White House has assembled the 2013 group of Presidential Innovation Fellows, with a new set of challenges.

And throughout the week, we've been profiling federal leaders who -- while often working outside the spotlight -- critical to key IT initiatives. Click here for the full list.

Curious just how pervasive adware is on the web? Ars Technica's Conor Myhrvold conducts a "Supersize Me"-style experiment to find out. Read this before your next download.

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    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

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    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

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