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Data centers and cloud contracts dominated FCW's headlines in the past few days, notably with an update on Amazon Web Services' contract with the CIA. The cloud provider has gone to court to try to secure its earlier win – overturned by a protest—of a contract to create a private cloud for the entire intelligence community.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, lawmakers bristled at the news that more than twice as many data centers need to be consolidated as they had originally been told. The gross miscalculation provoked angry questions and sharp words during a July 25 hearing.

On a more positive note, the Army is nearly done with its long-running efforts to migrate to an enterprise email system.

David Wennergren, a respected and longtime member of the federal IT community, plans to retire in early August.

And from Wired: Investigators have identified four Russians and one Ukranian believed to be responsible for seven years' worth of identity theft.

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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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