• Cybersecurity
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    NARA is doing great at email, website security. Maybe

    An audit finds the National Archives and Records Administration is well on its way to complying with a DHS directive to boost email and website security, but the agency's measurements need improvement. 08/09/2018

    sensor network (agsandrew/Shutterstock.com)

    Are agencies really ready for EIS?

    The telecom contract has the potential to reinvent IT infrastructure, but finding the bandwidth to take full advantage could prove difficult. 08/09/2018

  • Management
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    The shadow rulers of the VA

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is scrambling to modernize massive systems, reform its workforce and fill key leadership roles. According to ProPublica, a cadre of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago connections is secretly shaping those efforts and many others. 08/08/2018

  • IT Management
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    Agencies still lag in empowering their CIOs. What gives?

    Despite legislation, other congressional pressures and a presidential executive order aimed at expanding the authorities of CIOs, most agencies still lack policies to make those requirements a reality. 08/08/2018

  • Defense

    NBIB move to DOD looks increasingly likely

    National Background Investigations Bureau Director Charles Phalen discusses the Trump administration's plan to move the organization under the Defense Department. 08/07/2018

  • People
    Dave Powner, GAO

    Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT

    The GAO director of information technology issues is leaving government after 16 years. On his way out the door, Dave Powner details how far govtech has come in the past two decades and flags the most critical issues he sees facing federal IT leaders. 08/07/2018

  • FCW Illustration.  Original Images: Shutterstock, Airbnb

    Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb?

    Steve Kelman believes a lighter touch and a bit more trust could transform today's compliance culture. 08/06/2018

  • Oversight
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    GAO: NNSA needs better contract oversight

    The agency responsible for the security and maintenance of the nation’s nuclear stockpile should have a better handle on its maintenance and operations contract documents, a new audit finds. 08/06/2018

  • Census
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    Census details cyber strategies, awards last major IT contract

    Census Bureau officials sought to address swirling concerns about what the agency is doing to protect sensitive response data and mitigate cyber risks. 08/03/2018

  • IT Modernization
    paths (cybrain/Shutterstock.com)

    Can the Technology Modernization Fund get traction?

    With uncertainty about the fiscal year 2019 funding for the TMF, agencies are still vying for the remaining 2018 dollars, but concerns about using the central fund persist. 08/03/2018

  • Comment
    automated processes (Nikolay Klimenko/Shutterstock.com)

    Stop overextending your cybersecurity staff

    By burning precious staff hours on tasks that can be automated, organizations are risking team burnout and "direct and measurable damage" to the mission. 08/03/2018

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock photo ID: photo ID: 245503636 By Mark Van Scyoc Sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014.

    GAO, TIGTA call out IT shortcomings at IRS

    The tax agency's acquisition processes, broader information security systems and troubled enterprise case management solution drew criticism in three separate reviews. 08/02/2018

  • Census
    2020 census lands on GAO

    Clock ticks on census prep

    As the clock ticks down to the 2020 census, lawmakers and watchdogs want to make sure the Census Bureau is on schedule to count the entire population. 07/30/2018

  • Workforce
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    New bill would restore IRS critical pay for IT hires

    A new bill by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) would reinstate a key hiring tool to boost IT talent at the Internal Revenue Service. 07/30/2018

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    FAS on the move

    Despite challenges, Federal Acquisition Service leaders remain confident in their big telecom contract, ecommerce portal plans and transactional data initiative. 07/27/2018

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