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Rising Star: Christine Calvosa

Christine Calvosa, chief technology officer at the Agriculture Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service, developed and deployed the NRCS website only months after taking over the troubled project.

Can mobility escape the security snare?

Federal mobility efforts are advancing fast, but discussions keep coming back to unresolved security issues. ATF's Rick Holgate suggests that agencies are making progress.

Plain English, please

Plain language is the key to successful communication, but avoiding jargon and complex language remains a challenge for many agencies.

VA fails to communicate clearly; who gets a better grade?

A new report finds few agencies have made progress in meeting the requirements of the 2010 Plain Writing Act.

Solving virtualization's storage problem

Savings from server and desktop virtualization can disappear fast if storage isn't part of the plan

Data analytics gains momentum in agencies

A new study by the Association of Government Accountants highlights federal agency use of data analytics, and suggests more gains are possible.

GAO finds gaps in federal land management data

A recent study by a congressional watchdog agency found gaps in data collection regarding federal management of 650 million acres.

Telework success comes from linking it to larger goals

At least one agency finds that telework provides new ways to accomplish its mission in trying times.

Telework numbers add up

Feds comprised the majority of pledges during Telework Week.

White House discloses administrative costs for innovation contests

A progress report on innovation challenges released by the White House indicates that some federal agencies are paying for contractor assistance in administering the challenges.

USDA CIO to join Accenture

Christopher Smith, who has been CIO since 2009, will retire April 7.

USDA conservation corps to go mobile and add Web tools

The USDA wants to improve customer service for its thousands of conservationists who work in the field, according to a recently released plan.

Chris Smith led USDA to new heights

Chris Smith, who has been CIO of the Agriculture Department for less than four years, oversaw one of the largest cloud migrations in government to date.

How agencies are stopping fraud with technology

Agencies share experiences of using technology in the fight against waste and abuse.

Technology enables USDA office closures

The agency is shuttering 259 locations for cost savings.