Weekend Reading

Your essential catch-up of the week's news

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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  • Management
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    OPM-GSA merger plan detailed in legislative proposal

    The White House is proposing legislation for a dramatic overhaul of human resources inside government and wants $50 million to execute the plan.

  • Cloud
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    GSA plans civilian DEOS counterpart

    GSA is developing a cloud email and enterprise services contract inspired by the single-source vehicle the Department of Defense devised for back-office software.

  • Defense
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    DOD looks to unify software spending for 2020

    Defense Department acquisition head, Ellen Lord, hopes to simplify software buying and improve business systems following the release of the Defense Innovation Board's final software acquisition study.

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