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The possibility of a government shutdown dominated the news this week, with federal employees and contractors alike wondering who will be safe from furloughs, if no spending deal is reached.

The shutdown wasn't the only topic of conversation, however. DHS plans to use video of the audience at a hockey game to test facial recognition technologies, using 20 volunteers scattered through the crowd.

Meanwhile, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency might have torpedoed any chance of passing significant cybersecurity legislation, for now at least.

An emerging technology for handling large volumes of data more rapidly – in-memory computing – is slowly gaining traction in the federal government.

Elsewhere: Another dark side of social media: it has become part of the gang violence in Chicago, Wired reports. (Warning: There's some rough language.)

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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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