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Weekend Reading

Machines are getting smarter. FCW recently published a big feature package on advances in machine learning, cybersecurity and other technologies. Read the articles online here and here.

Who put a hold on an innovative Energy Department data-center project that, if it succeeds, could bring significant savings in both power and dollars? OMB was first named, but now it seems that DOE itself might have put on the brakes.

Strategic sourcing is spoken of as if it were a no-brainer, but some senators have doubts that it can really deliver on its promises. FAS Commissioner Thomas Sharpe, however, is a fan, and other legislators are introducing bills to expand the practice.

The Energy Department's supercomputer projects have always been impressive, but if America is to break the exaflop barrier – meaning, 1 quintillion floating-point operations per second – Congress must keep the funding flow generous.

Whether or not you think it's ok for law enforcement to monitor the movements of ordinary citizens who are not under suspicion, the technologies that allow them to do so are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Cyrus Farivar, writing in Ars Technica, shares what the Oakland Police Department knows about his whereabouts.

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FCW in Print

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

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  • 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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