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Alice Lipowicz

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Tom Davis: A reformer on the Hill

Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) focused Congress' attention on acquisition reforms.


VA may have bent the rules for iPads, iPhones

The Veterans Affairs Department approved iPhones and iPads for its network last year while partially avoiding a particular FISMA requirement, according to a new audit.


Rules for political advocacy for teleworkers in question

Applying the Hatch Act to teleworkers is not as simple as it seems.

Gwynne Kostin to lead new innovation center in digital strategy

Gwynne Kostin will take on a key role in the new innovation center created under Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel's digital strategy.

IT Modernization

What startups can teach agencies about IT

Take some tips for IT success from the upstarts, advises HHS official.

VA DOD joint record to be deployed from 2014 to 2017

Even after the Veterans Affairs-Defense new joint integrated health record system begins rolling out in 2014, many functionalities will still need to be migrated to the new system, according to a senior VA official.

IT Modernization

Labor accused of scrubbing website of recent rulemaking documentation

Did the Labor Department move too quickly to remove online documents related to a controversial rule aimed at protecting child farm workers from heavy machinery?

IT Modernization

USCIS launches first online form

US Citizenship and Immigration Services claimed an important milestone in their transformation initiative to a digital agency with the debut of the agency's first online form.


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.


CBP gets barrage of negative tweets about phones held at border

US Customs and Border Protection saw its Twitter traffic skyrocket in recent days due to angry smart phone customers upset about delays in phone shipments.


Government, industry see Networx spending differently, survey finds

The two sides have polar opposite views of Networx, and one side's hopes may be in vain.

Army hosts MOSES open-source virtual world

The focus of many federal virtual world activities has moved to the U.S. Army's "MOSES" experimental open source environment

Energy offers online training to employees in 3D virtual buildings

The Energy Department is offering multiple training courses online in 3D virtual worlds in its National Training and Education Resource online platform.


USCIS needs to better track its laptops, IG says

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services agency has a few holes in its inventory of its laptop computers, according to an audit.

Census bureau lagging on geographic coding of residences, IG says

The Census Bureau has to find a better way to geographically code homes and assess the accuracy of its master address file, according to a new report.

VA and DOD pick common medical vocabulary for electronic records

THe Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are adopting a common vocabulary and structured data system for medical terms for their upcoming joint digital record system.


TSA reporting on security breaches has gaps, IG says

The Transportation Security Administration is not consistently documenting its security breaches at airports, according to a new audit.

EPA offers Twitter response cheat sheet

An EPA "cheat sheet" to help federal officials decide when to respond to a tweet or comment has gained an endorsement in a recent report.


DHS to obligate $8 billion in contracts by Sept. 30

Agency expects to obligate more than half of its annual contracting budget in the final third of the current fiscal year.


At DHS, 'agile' is the watchword, CIO says

The Homeland Security Department is enthusiastic about agile development practices, sayd CIO Richard Spires.