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IT modernization isn't all about tech

More efficient and cost-effective IT often comes down to customer involvement and comfort, according to some IT experts.

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Data policy for a new administration

Experts have some advice for the next administration on tackling open-data initiatives early in its term to improve government operations and service.

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DOD service chiefs survey the threat landscape

As the Obama administration nears its end, the service secretaries say technological threats will continue to grow and the DOD must reform how it develops systems and its workforce to keep pace with adversaries.

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18F finances in disarray, watchdog warns

A new report says 18F has lost $36 million to date, "repeatedly overestimated revenue" and pushed back its projected break-even date to 2020.

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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.

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GSA streamlines acquisition for small vendors

The GSA has introduced new capabilities and processes under its six-month-old Making It Easier program to attract new potential federal contractors.

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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.

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Commerce taps big-data development partners

The Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service has chosen 35 companies and academic organizations to capitalize on the federal government's vast data assets.

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Pentagon names firms to run bug bounty program

The Defense Department developed a contract vehicle that will let DOD components launch crowdsourced bug bounty campaigns to identify and remedy vulnerabilities in digital defenses.

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DARPA transfers powerful space telescope to the Air Force

The Air Force Space Command is taking over operations of a sophisticated telescope built to survey and track space debris and satellites.

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Red teaming isn't easy

Cybersecurity testing and contract specifications that industry takes for granted can be a bear to implement in some federal IT contracts.

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Census calls off 2017 field tests, cites funding uncertainty

Bureau officials said the decision to cancel the upcoming tests is not ideal, but it is "the best overall operation remaining amid current uncertainty" about fiscal 2017 funding.

FCW in Print

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

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