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The long-dreaded Defense Department furloughs are here, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is continuing his campaign to kill the sequester and restore funding by next year.

Here's an interesting point: Is increased mobile productivity a good thing? While a survey reflects largely positive sentiments, the potential for distraction and a few other concerns lead some to question the net upside.

Frustrated by unfulfilled information requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a House panel tries public embarrassment as a motivator.

Steve Kelman offers thoughts on why increased 'compliance' is not necessarily good news.

Elsewhere: Think fingerprints and iris scans might be too easy to counterfeit? Science Daily reports on the next biometric identifier.

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In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • 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.

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