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  1. DHS' Suzanne Spaulding testified to the Senate that the agency's cybersecurity center has processed over 612,000 cyber incidents so far this fiscal year. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

    Racy celebrity pics and the federal cloud

    Security breach exposing private photos renews security fears.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is employing a variety of cloud-based services, provides oversight of all federal funding, such as a multibillion-dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina, above. Army Corps of Engineers

    Agencies work to recover from cyber attacks

    The focus turns to resilience as 100-percent prevention proves to be impossible.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  3. Editorial: Another sign that the GS has to go

    Federal pay and job classifications are severely out of whack with the national labor market.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. Lee Hamilton, former Congressman and co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, says cyber attacks are a greater threat to national security than insurgent groups such as ISIS. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    Hamilton: Cyber attacks pose greater threat than ISIS

    The former 9/11 Commission vice-chairman argues that the U.S has not done enough to protect its networks.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  5. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    What should the federal CTO do?

    The announcement of the new occupant of the office has reignited an old discussion.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  6. 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.

    Coping with year-end stress

    The closing of the fiscal year can ratchet up tension levels. Here are some strategies to ease the strain.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  7. 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.'

    Government needs better incentives

    The private sector makes effective use of bonuses and other means to reward performance. Government should as well.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  8. Shaun Donovan is Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Improving performance and delivering impact

    OMB head assess progress on administration goals.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  9. Barry West, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.'s CIO, believes government IT is in a time of major transition. Mike Morones/Staff

    Move to mobile IT a balance between security, capability

    Anonymity and data protection are of equal importance.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  10. Trippie

    Fail early: A new business model for government

    Failure should not be seen as a negative, if it happens fast enough to forestall an expensive mistake.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  11. 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.'

    The quagmire of job classification

    The government's sprawling list of job titles is another reason to scrap the GS system.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  12. Karen S. Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She is a former administrator for e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget. Courtesy Photo

    Don't sacrifice accessibility in move to cloud

    Section 508 compliance remains essential in today's IT environment.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  13. Liz DelNegro is Associate CIO of Acquisition IT systems at GSA. GSA

    GSA improves acquisition with technology

    Editor's Note: This blog post was first published at GSA.gov. When you hear the words 'easy' and 'assist,' federal purchasing and technology do not immediately come to mind, but we are working hard to change that perception.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  14. Sen. Tom Carper points to recent hacking incident as a sign of the urgent need to update laws. (James J. Lee / Army Times) James J. Lee / Army Times

    Hacker loaded malware onto Healthcare.gov server

    System intruder did not steal personal information, officials say.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  15. Government needs better mobile strategy: DISA official

    Federal CIOs are interested in changing or creating mobile policies.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  16. Remote connections could make federal employees $14,000 more productive each yearm survey suggests. Motorola

    Mobile connections could make feds more productive

    Survey estimates an average $14,000 a year of productive time per employee could be added with an expanded mobile network.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  17. 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

    Why ethics matter

    Unethical behavior is not a widespread problem, but just a little goes a long way.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  18. Nitin Pradhan is the former CIO of the US Department of Transportation. He is now Managing Partner of GOVonomy and CEO of Public Private Innovations. Courtesy Photo

    5 technologies for your year-end spending

    Services are dificult to procure quickly, but products may be the perfect solution for leftover funds.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  19. Mikey Dickerson is the administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service. Whitehouse.gov

    Hello, from the Digital Service

    Mikey Dickerson, the head of OMB's new digital unit, sends an update after three weeks.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  20. 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.

    Strengthening the workforce: DoD acquisition, requirements and results

    Top Pentagon officials have made improvements. Developing a cohesive culture should be the next goal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  21. Kimberley Williams is chief strategist for public sector at Informatica. Williams has over 20 years of implementation, technical sales and marketing experience from enterprise software giants including Curam Software, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Accenture. David Hartcorn

    Is the Internet of Things relevant for the government?

    The value is apparent in the private sector, but the government is struggling to find meaning.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  22. A former acting HHS cyber official has been convicted of child pornography offenses. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    Former HHS acting cyber chief convicted of child porn offenses

    Timothy Defoggi is the sixth person convicted in an FBI crackdown.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  23. Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President and Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. File

    DHS, FBI stepping up digitization of records

    Technology advances have made digitization easier, more important.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  24. The Defense Department has long used the Common Access Card to verify identity. However, civilian agency adoption was nearly nonexistent before 2011, according to federal documents. DoD

    Cards emerge as key player in authentication

    The venerable password has become the weakest link in the security chain.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  25. Security vulnerabilities endanger NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System. NOAA illustration

    NOAA struggles to fix vulnerabilities in satellite program

    Security weaknesses put polar satellite ground system at risk.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  26. Howard Steinman is a principal with A.T. Kearney and a leader in the firm's Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense practice in North America. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on coaching and advising senior executives in the areas of strategy, policy, governance, organizational effectiveness, budgets, performance measures, and program and portfolio management for clients including Department of Homeland Security, various National Security Agencies, the Missile Defense Agency, and numerous commercial clients. Courtesy Photo

    Measuring value with performance management

    Measuring performance is important (and mandatory), but not always easy to do.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  27. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The complications of cost and pricing

    Verifying pricing data can be costly for bidders.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  28. Michael Kushin is senior vice president at CACI International Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience developing secure solutions for the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, and is responsible for delivering cybersecurity solutions at CACI.

    Building resilience in our systems

    Developing redundant capabilities to ensure continuity of operations is nothing new, but now it is essential to include cyber.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  29. Vijay Basani is co-founder and chief executive officer of EiQ Networks, a pioneer in simplified security and compliance solutions. He has built successful businesses delivering enterprise-class solutions that transform how organizations identify threats, mitigate risks and enable compliance. Courtesy Photo

    First things first: secure the core

    The indictment of foreign generals by a U.S. grand jury highlights the scale and severity of cyber-espionage and attacks on critical industrial and governmental entities.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  30. Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of local police bring to mind the tumult of the 1960s civil rights movement, writes Neil Levine. Shown: Demonstrators yell at Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson. Joshua Lott / Getty Images

    Hands up, don't shoot: A case for the Community Relations Service

    Explosive events in Ferguson, Missouri, recall the 1960s.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  31. GSA increases contract duplication one solicitation at a time

    New contracts seem to mirror existing Schedules.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  32. The recent Heartbleed malware attack reminds cybersecurity experts of the need to understand how asserts are being protected, says Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Mike Morones/Staff

    Cybersecurity's many moving parts

    White House cybersecurity chief Michael Daniel talks risk and response.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  33. Editorial: For IT projects, it's time to get agile

    It's widely known that incremental approaches to IT development — also known as agile development — result in more on-time, on-budget successes.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  34. Mobility will be central to DISA's strategies in coming years, not an afterthought or optional accessory, according to the agency's CIO. USMC

    Mobility becomes central to DISA's strategy

    Mobile capabilities will become ubiquitous, no longer an 'exception or oddity.'

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  35. CANES allows the Navy to address some unsustainable operating systems on legacy networks, said RDML Christian Becker. Rick Naystatt

    CANES contract opens new phase for the program

    The next-generation network gathers steam toward full operation.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  36. Lesley Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget. File

    Case studies in innovative contracting

    New White House document highlights ways agencies get more innovation for their taxpayer dollars.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  37. Beth Cobert is deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. File

    Delivering a customer-focused government through smarter IT

    Editor's Note: This post was first published at WhiteHouse.gov.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  38. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade.

    SEWP's delay no cause for worry

    We recently learned that the award announcement for NASA's $20 billion GWAC, Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V—expected in August—will be delayed to September.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  39. Janet Hale is a director at Deloitte Services LP and former undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security.

    10 steps to an insider threat program

    Since its inception, the Department of Homeland Security has invested significant time and resources into detecting and mitigating insider threats, integrating information from a variety of internal sources including the Office of the Chief Human Capital

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  40. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Get a contracting plan in place early

    Avoiding contracting failure requires forethought.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  41. 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.

    How to spot hidden training opportunities

    Many daily tasks and interactions can become skill-sharpening experiences.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  42. 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

    5 ways to make CDM rollout more effective

    As the program moves toward its second phase, agencies need to prepare.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  43. 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

    Generalists in an age of specialists

    While their importance is often overlooked, people who can see beyond a narrow specialization can be invaluable.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
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