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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  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
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    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

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