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  • Opinion
    LaVerne H. Council, Asst. Secretary for Information and Technology, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

    The OI&T transformation at VA

    LaVerne H. Council, the top tech official at the Department of Veterans Affairs, explains how the Office of Information and Technology is modernizing culture, processes and capabilities to create a a world-class, customer-focused and veteran-centered service organization. 03/15/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    President Obama at SXSW in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2016. Photo from WH.GOV video stream.

    Obama warns against 'absolutist' positions on encryption

    The White House had said Obama would not weigh in on the Apple case, but he spoke at length on the issue of encryption in the first visit by a sitting president to the South by Southwest festival. 03/11/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Vikram Phatak

    NSS Labs CEO: U.S. has unilaterally disarmed in cyberspace

    In a recent interview, NSS Labs CEO Vikram Phatak discussed a range of topics, including Apple vs. FBI and the lack of operational experience among U.S. government hackers. 03/11/2016

  • White House
    White House photo.

    The topics Obama plans to hit -- and avoid -- at SXSW

    The presidential call to action will likely skirt encryption and hiring and instead ask techies to dip into government on a short-term basis. 03/11/2016

  • Acquisition
    GSA logo

    New manager to steer IT categories at GSA

    Veteran IT planner Bill Zielinski will direct category management solutions for GSA's IT acquisition services as the agency moves closer to its category-focused goals. 03/08/2016

  • VA logo

    CISO announces IT leadership shifts at VA

    The Office of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans' Affairs is undergoing a series of leadership changes, according to a March 7 memo obtained by FCW. 03/07/2016

  • Defense
    Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    The Pentagon wants to be hacked -- and learn from it

    DOD has its own "red teams" that probe sensitive defense networks for vulnerabilities, but the Hack the Pentagon initiative goes a significant step further by inviting private-sector hackers to get out their digital scalpels. 03/03/2016

  • Law Enforcement
    Cybersecurity - CompTIA 2012 Information Security Trends Report

    DOJ official, former counterterror czar spar over Apple

    The court order is a dangerous effort to compel speech in the form of writing software code, said Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism adviser. 03/03/2016

  • Innovation
    Shutterstock image.

    When agile development is change management in disguise

    The current and former heads of 18F agree that when it comes to digital services, the tech is often secondary at best. 03/02/2016

  • Budget
    Denise Turner Roth.

    GSA's Roth quizzed over IT modernization fund

    Lawmakers are unsure whether the $3.1 billion plan to fund a rolling governmentwide tech refresh is a good bet. 03/01/2016

  • David J. Berteau (Photo by Sasha Haagensen/Tulane University)

    PSC picks new CEO

    David J. Berteau, DOD's assistant secretary for logistics and materiel readiness, will succeed Stan Soloway as head of the Professional Services Council. 03/01/2016

  • Acquisition
    Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Rung: Federal category managers are getting right to work

    The 10 recently named federal category managers are meeting with industry and each other to hone buying oversight strategies. 02/29/2016

  • Cybersecurity
    Will Hurd

    Hurd: FBI should clarify why Apple's help is necessary

    Rep. Will Hurd told FCW he is concerned that the government is telling a private company how to build its software, and that strong encryption is good for the nation's security. 02/26/2016

  • Acquisition
    a man grouping items by shape

    OMB names category management leads

    Ten newly-named managers will wrangle specific procurement categories. 02/25/2016

  • Congress
    Beth Cobert testifying before HSGAC Feb 4 2016

    Senator blocks vote on Cobert's OPM nomination

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking Beth Cobert's nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management because of unanswered questions about how Congress is covered by the Affordable Care Act. 02/25/2016

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