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The Navy's new network, NGEN, could be opening the door for trouble – it was awarded based on cost, and it has a relatively short span that has some worried. Amber Corrin reports on the concerns.

The debate over whether to reduce the cap on contractor executive compensation continues, but Mark Rockwell pauses to answer a more basic question: Why does the government provide funds for private-sector pay in the first place?

The Defense Department's cyber policy document is just two years old, but it may be due for some updates.

And Steve Kelman contends that agency acquisition specialists could learn a thing or two from the private sector.

Are you worried about the government tracking your email? Ars Technica reports that the old-fashioned stamped-envelope method won't help you avoid it – the US Postal Service keeps logs of your snail-mail too.

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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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