Workforce

Technology enables USDA office closures

The agency is shuttering 259 locations for cost savings.

Cybersecurity

IG finds flawed IT security program at USDA

An audit of USDA's IT security efforts finds few successes and ample failures.

IT Modernization

Matthew W. Reiss: A champion of the cloud

Reiss developed, deployed and championed private cloud computing services at USDA's data centers.

Top and bottom 5 federal employers; readers react

FCW readers weigh in on which agencies they think are the best for launching a career.

Workforce

Forest Service business consolidation created problems, GAO says

The Forest Service got a mixed outcome from its consolidation of business services that started a decade ago, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity

The best of the federal blogosphere

Revitalizing farms; Fighting organized crime; Improving passenger privacy; End of an (Ice) Age.

Budget woes might lead to fewer feds

Employee buyouts and hiring freezes are some of the ways agencies are dealing with tight budgets.

USDA bureau CIO takes early retirement

A bureau CIO at the Agriculture Department is one fed out of many taking advantage of an early retirement offer.

Cybersecurity

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Workforce

IT reform push: Six months later

CIOs offer updates on IT reform progress, challenges and priorities as milestone nears.

Workforce

The best of the federal blogosphere

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Weathering the storm

People with a low opinion of the federal government like to pass around jokes that have the punch line: "I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help." President Ronald Reagan famously called them "the 10 most frightening words in the English language."

Cybersecurity

The best of the federal blogosphere

The face of distracted driving; Women in mathematics; Winner: MyTSA app; Wind powers Wisconsin county.

Workforce

USDA's IT funding gets slight increase in budget proposal

The Agriculture Department would see a slight funding increase for its IT programs under President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal.

People

NASA picks deputy CIO for IT security

Valerie Burkes, former Associate CIO for Cyber and Privacy Policy and Oversight at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was named by NASA CIO Linda Cureton as Deputy CIO for IT Security at NASA.

Social media looms in regulations development

New Web 2.0 tools are changing the ways in which government makes and implements rules and regulations.

IT Modernization

The rush is on to approve applications for broadband funds

The Agriculture and Commerce departments are rushing to review and approve $4.2 billion in stimulus law funding for broadband by Sept. 30, a report says.

Obama makes $795M in broadband grants

Some $795 million will be spent for broadband development in rural and underserved areas in a second round of grants.

IT Modernization

Government-only virtual world on the way

Federal agencies are building the vGov government-only virtual world that will be used for employee training, education, meetings and simulations. It's expected to go online in July.

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