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    10 steps to address the federal hiring freeze

    Agency human capital leaders must adjust their performance management plans to reflect the changes President Trump is promising. 04/06/2017

  • Modernization
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    Doing less with less

    Tech modernization is a pressing need for agencies government-wide, but in times of budget cuts and uncertainty, plans to upgrade legacy IT tend to be among the first projects taken of the table. 04/05/2017

  • Workforce
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    Harvard students spin up gov-tech internship

    The federal government may be getting a summer tech and data science internship program analogous to those offered by Silicon Valley, thanks to three Harvard undergrads. 04/05/2017

  • Spectrum
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    Congress looks to free up federal spectrum

    Lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to entice federal agencies away from spectrum holdings to free it up for commercial use. 04/05/2017

  • Congress
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    Lawmakers look to block border data searches

    A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen have introduced legislation to protect Americans from having their digital devices searched by border officials without a warrant. 04/05/2017

  • Homeland Security
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    Border wall won't span sea to sea

    DHS chief John Kelly paints a clearer picture of the developing border barrier project, which includes a mix of walls, technology and fencing. 04/05/2017

  • Veterans Affairs
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    How Trump's management order gives VA 'air cover'

    An organizational overhaul is coming to the veterans' agency under the president's executive order on government management. 04/05/2017

  • Records Management
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    White House says it is keeping deleted presidential tweets

    The archivist of the United States reported that the White House plans to save deleted tweets, but notes that the president is the ultimate arbiter of what is and isn't a presidential record. 04/05/2017

  • Workforce
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    Hurd ramps up call for cyber national guard

    Congressional watchdogs, as well as industry members and feds, called for a cyber national guard, pooled hiring and reforming educational outreach to address the IT skills shortage. 04/04/2017

  • Big Data
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    Old films of nuke tests offer new data today

    Digitized Cold War-era films of atmospheric nuclear tests are helping recalibrate data for modern analytics. 04/04/2017

  • Intelligence
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    DOJ, DHS could do better at sharing terror info

    Although the DOJ and DHS are sharing domestic counterterror information, they need to tweak some access and coordination issues, according to a joint oversight report from the agencies' inspectors general. 04/04/2017

  • Policy
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    OMB: The IT management lights are on

    Federal IT doesn't stop for political transitions, said OMB officials who are concentrating on making sure efficiency and workforce policies from the last few years are working. 04/04/2017

  • diagram of work team

    Hierarchy in organizations: when it helps, when it hurts

    Steve Kelman suggests that managers must consider what types of work their teams are really doing. 04/04/2017

  • Defense
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    General: Cyber Command needs new platform before NSA split

    U.S. Cyber Command should be elevated to a full combatant command as soon as possible, the head of Strategic Command told Congress, but it cannot be separated from the NSA until it has its own cyber platform. 04/04/2017

  • Health IT
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    VA's most important 2017 decision

    A senior VA official told FCW that the decision, expected in July, to retain or move off of the homegrown Vista health record system is the most important move the agency will make this year. 04/03/2017