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  1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 'See and ID Dolphins and Whales' app is one way to make your summer more fun.

    8 fun federal apps to make your summer better

    Explore the National Mall, identify whales and dolphins, find fuel for your elecric car and avoid ladder accidents.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  2. Marc Pearl is president and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.

    Quadrennial review reveals current homeland security landscape

    The mandatory review provides a guide to present and future needs.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  3. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department.

    Acquisition agility and DHS

    The DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act would require greater oversight of DHS's purchasing process while ensuring needed flexibility and clarity.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  4. Harry Raduege is Senior Advisor & Director of Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

    Florida makes cybersecurity strides

    When the White House released the Cybersecurity Framework in February, much of the attention around the development and implementation of the Framework, and President Obama's E.O. 13636, was focused on the private sector.

    • Jul. 29, 2014

    House passes DHS cyber bills

    The trio of bills would strengthen partnerships, increase resources.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. Price Reduction Clause could slow cloud on Schedule 70

    'Outdated' policy is an ill fit for services.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. A Lockheed Martin employee working on a server in the NextGen Cyber Innovation and Technology (NCITE) Center in Gaithersburg. Fran Dries

    For cyber-defense, automation alone is not enough

    Human intervention is required to truly make networks secure.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Editorial: Innovation, a measure of leadership

    Everyone complains about the lack of innovation in government. Few people do anything about it.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. James Clapper: A 'perfect storm' is making the U.S more vulnerable to terrorists. File

    Clapper: Terror threat is growing

    A 'perfect storm' or factors is making the nation more vulnerable, 10 years after the 9/11 Commission's report.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  10. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Explaining the budget paralysis

    Blaming the usual target—either or both political parties—is not good enough.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. Davie

    Fireworks, festivities and the Connections II dashboard launch

    GSA celebrates with contract analysis tool.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  12. Nitin Pradhan is the former award winning CIO of the US Department of Transportation and the Managing Partner of GOVonomy, a strategic technology sourcing and Public Private Innovations Initiative for the US public sector. Readers can connect with him on LinkedIn. Courtesy Photo

    IT success: Just what defines it?

    Before you declare a project to be a win, understand what you mean by that.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    What's right with the GS system? (Not much)

    Blogger Howard Risher reads between the lines of hearing testimony and predicts a change.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  14. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    What's next for acquisition?

    Adotping common standards could make a difference

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  15. John Streufert, Director of Federal Network Resilience at DHS, said some agencies are further along than others in adoptiong CDM. Mike Morones/Staff

    DHS outlines new CDM task order agenda

    The Department of Homeland Security, aided by the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, has released the first request for quotation for Task Order 2 of its $6 billion Continuous Diagnosis and Mitigation init

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  16. DoD cyber exercise builds on National Guard's lead

    DHS, FBI take part in test drive of operational capabilities

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  17. Soldiers in combat need, and soon will have, faster mobile communications capabilities. Army

    Army rolling 4G out to theater

    WIN-T responsible for fielding the new equipment that will enable high-speed wireless.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  18. Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President and Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Previously, he served in government at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. Follow him @ChuckDBrooks on Twitter and on Linkedin at File

    DHS: A decade (and more) of competing congressional oversight

    Since 2003, the number of congressional committees DHS reports to has grown.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  19. Bringing the cloud to data that cannot be moved

    Micro-Cloud can help manage data that for reasons of law, security or sheer scale cannot be relocated.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  20. Dr. Ronald Sanders is a vice-president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    Civil service reform: Start with IT/cyber

    A few months ago, the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton published a comprehensive, framework for a 21st century civil service system, and while it generated some media interest and even a congressional hearing, it's largely faded into

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  21. Tom Suder is president and founder of technology firm Mobilegov and president of the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.

    ATF: A case study in smart mobile advance

    CIO Rick Holgate is leading a truly forward-thinking effort

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  22. Sen. Tom Carper points to recent hacking incident as a sign of the urgent need to update laws. James J. Lee / Army Times

    OPM hacking attack exposes weaknesses in cyber defense

    As investigators probe a March cyber attack on sensitive federal personnel databases, some experts and policy makers are calling for more clarity over who is responsible for protecting federal networks from cyber threats.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  23. Editorial: A cautionary tale

    One of the most spectacular and costly failures of federal procurement in recent years was the Air Force's failed Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS).

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  24. Beth Cobert is the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget Staff

    Congress: Eliminate outdated, duplicative reports

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog post first appeared at Every year, Congress requires federal agencies to produce thousands of written reports and plans on far ranging topics.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  25. Report: Chinese hacked federal employee files

    Chinese hackers broke into the federal Office of Personnel Management computer system in March, apparently targeting tens of thousands of employees who applied for top-security clearance, The New York Times is reporting.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  26. Mary Davie is assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

    Cloud's next step on Schedule 70

    GSA seeks to make cloud 'easy to find, easy to buy'

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  27. Biometrics use human traits, such as the unique characteristics of an iris, to identify a person rather than easier to forge credentials like usernames and passwords. Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

    Can biometrics solve the identity management riddle?

    Biology-based ID tests are valuable, but bring their own challenges.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  28. Patrick Howard is Program Manager for CDM & CMaaS at Kratos SecureInfo, and is former Chief Information Security Officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Courtesy Photo

    On CDM, avoid a 'right train, wrong track' problem

    Early evaluation and assessment is crucial for continuous monitoring strategy.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  29. Maj Gen James K. 'Kevin' McLaughlin has been nominated to become deputy commander at U.S. Cyber Command. Air Force

    McLaughlin picked as CYBERCOM deputy commander

    The assignment would come with a promotion.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  30. Admiral Michael Rogers, commander of US Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and chief of the Central Security Service, speaks during the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, May 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Rogers: Cybersecurity is the 'ultimate team sport'

    After 90 days in office, CYBERCOM head shares first impressions.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  31. Tyler Robinson is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Young Government Leaders, and Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    What sports can teach managers

    A team is a team, whether it's a baseball powerhouse or an IT crew. Take some cues from sports coaches.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  32. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    The federal sector from the inside

    Times are challenging in the federal sector. Budget uncertainty continues with a zero-growth discretionary spending cap in fiscal year 2016. Increased oversight reduces flexibility to execute programs. The media aggressively covers any misstep.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  33. Federal spending increased dramatically on security classification activities including declassification and technical surveillance countermeasures. JIM WATSON/AFP

    Price tag for security classifications jumps to $11.6B

    Declassification, countermeasures top the list of rising cost items.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  34. Michael Daniel is a Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. White House

    Talking cybersecurity

    A 'rich and continuing dialogue' is needed to involve a broad set of stakeholders in cybersecurity discussions.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  35. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The right skill sets for contracting

    Much has been written on what is generally necessary to improve today's contracting system, but what are the skill sets required individually to provide for future success?

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  36. The Federal Trade Commission is one of six small agencies GAO audited for cybersecurity measures. PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images

    Some small agencies at high cyber risk

    A lack of required safeguards and security procedures increase the danger.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  37. Lebanese supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah movement wave the Syrian flag. Social media is emerging as a tool for gathering information on global hotspots. Mahmoud Zayyat / Getty Images

    The new intelligence frontier?

    As an open-source information tool, social media could become invaluable.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  38. John M. Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He formerly served as a deputy for Vice President Gore's reinventing government initiative.

    CAP goals: Are we there yet?

    A progress report on cross-agency priorities.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  39. Marc Pearl is president and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. rollout provides immigration lessons

    Without legislation, the president is planning reforms. Now is the time to prevent another technology debacle.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  40. Annette Rippert is a Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services, where she serves as Technology Strategy Lead with a focus on Emerging Technologies. File

    Child's play? Gamification has implications for government IT needs.

    Gamification is increasing in popularity as a way to build engagement with customers. Could the same approach have government applications?

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  41. Dan Chenok is the executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He has held multiple government positions, including service as OMB's SES Executive in charge of IT policy and budgeting. Courtesy Photo

    10 critical factors for agile delivery

    Many complex IT programs are encumbered by requirements that continually change over lengthy timeframes. This can result in frequent cost overruns and schedule delays that lead to missed deadlines and missions

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  42. Jeffrey Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute and former assistant comptroller general of the United States for accounting and information management. The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. This article represents the views of the author only, and does not necessarily represent the views or professional advice of KPMG LLP.

    Enabling technology: A megatrend shaping governments

    National leaders must look far to the future to prepare for megatrends that could affect long-term economic prosperity, social cohesion, environmental stability, and national defense.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  43. Scott Quehl leads Accenture Federal Services Strategic Government Efficiency offering. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    Operational Analytics: A proactive approach to dealing with shrinking budgets

    The relative stability of the two-year budget agreement gives agencies some breathing room to work toward lasting solutions.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  44. Sanjeev 'Sonny' Bhagowalia: Information that no one acts on is just 'proud words on a dusty shelf.' Colin Kelly/Staff

    Striking a cyber balance between state, federal authorities

    Say you're a public utility and you're under cyber attack. Who do you call? Local authorities? State government offices? The feds? The best option isn't always clear, but it become moreso soon.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
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