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  1. The US Postal Service plans reductions in force to begin in 2015. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    Postal Service seeks RIF administrator as layoffs loom

    As buyouts and early retirements go forward, involuntary cuts are only months away.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Many agencies use a mix of private and public commercial clouds. Hybrid clouds can serve as a bridge between the two. Microsoft

    Hybrid cloud strategy needs unity from the start

    Interconnecting multiple cloud systems poses the next great hurdle

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  3. 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
  4. House, Senate appear to have deal on VA care

    Top lawmakers appear to have reached a deal on a bipartisan bill that would allow veterans to seek private care if they face long wait lines at Veterans Affairs' facilities.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. Security clearance holders owe $730 million in back taxes

    People with financial troubles may be vulnerable to coercion.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. GSA's 18F is making a new collaboration platform available as a service. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA's 18F offers a Midas touch

    The new Midas collaboration platform is available to agencies as a service from GSA.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. Price Reduction Clause could slow cloud on Schedule 70

    'Outdated' policy is an ill fit for services.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Sue Trombley Tom Kates/ / Courtesy of Iron Mountain Consulting

    Hybrid records management can enable open government

    In his first day in office, President Obama signed the memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for a new era of open and accountable government.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9.  Alan Lessig/Staff

    Mining innovation from military health

    Rachel Foster connects organizational top and bottom to make ideas real.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. The FBI is exploring a move to the cloud. FBI

    FBI investigates cloud

    Agency asks private sector for infrastructure ideas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. Embrace risk management

    It is not surprising that interest in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is growing fast among federal agencies. Recent experiences have demonstrated the need for improved awareness and alleviation of risks that jeopardize mission achievement.

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

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

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Col. Patrick Burden, the departing General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. Rob Curtis/Staff

    The state of GFEBS: Departing PM takes stock

    The Army's financial ERP made good progress during his four-year tenure, Burden believes.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  14. Executive One-on-One

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  15. Program View

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  16. Lawmakers are trying to make it easier to impose penalties for mismanagement on senior agency leaders. KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Under fire: Lawmakers target senior executives

    Momentum is building in Congress to make it easier to fire and discipline federal executives for mismanagement.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  17. 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
  18. The NETCENTS logo Air Force

    Air Force selects 10 for NETCENTS-2

    Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and IBM are among the IDIQ winners

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  19. A guard watches the US Embassy in New Delhi. The State Department is one of a small number of agencies that saw an increase in hiring in fiscal 2013. FINDLAY KEMBER / AFP/Getty Images

    Help not wanted: Budget cuts push federal hiring to 10-year low

    As most agencies see hiring rates fall, a few buck the trend and show growth.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  20. The Old Post Office in Washington D.C. is being redeveloped by the Trump Organization. Wyn Van Devanter/Wikipedia

    GSA's Old Post Office soon to become a luxury hotel

    Groundbreaking ceremony begins the building's transformation.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  21. 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
  22. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    Lawmaker criticizes VA Medical Inspector for lax oversight.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  23. An Air National Guardsman, uses a handheld portable transceiver device to view targeting data during a training exercise. SSgt Jorge Intriago / U.S. Army

    NGA's online exchange facilitates fast acquisition

    GSM seeks to shortcut conventional procurement.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  24. Strategic sourcing contract for janitorial and sanitation services will cut costs and support small business, according to Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. Mike Morones/Staff

    GSA awards newest strategic sourcing program

    JanSan will provide janitorial and sanitation services.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  25. A man helps to install a new street lamp in New York City after the old ones were destroyed in flooding brought by Hurricane Sandy. . Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    FEMA chief: Flood insurance program unsustainable

    Debt grows as agency borrows to maintain the program.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  26. The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee has proposed sizable cuts to the Pentagon's IT spending plan in an effort to trim duplicate programs. AFP/Getty Images

    Cost savings from IT reform are ... nil?

    Do it for the new capabilities, not the savings, says a former defense secretary.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  27. Reclassifying some TSA personnel would lead to lowered salaries and pension benefits, according to the bill. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    House passes bill to demote some TSA officers

    Agents who spend less than half their time on law enforcement could see a pay cut.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  28. Davie

    Fireworks, festivities and the Connections II dashboard launch

    GSA celebrates with contract analysis tool.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  29. Cloud computing could save agencies significant money, but less than half of the respondents to a recent survey believe their agencies are considering a shift. scanrail / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Survey: Agencies could save billions with cloud

    Meritalk finds less than half of survey respondents work for agencies contemplating a shift.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  30. Robert Gates, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former Secretary of Defense, delivers the keynote address at the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Gates: Agencies must break bad habits to modernize IT systems

    'Sclerotic' contracting system and hidebound leaders lead to failure.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  31. A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. DoD

    AT&T tasked to upgrade embassy, consulate telephony

    Task order covers 290 facilities worldwide

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. A full scale model of the space shuttle is backed into a temporary holding area on December 11, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. NASA is building a new headquarters at Kennedy as part of a consolidation project. BRUCE WEAVER / AFP/Getty Images

    NASA readies headquarters construction at Kennedy

    A new building at the Florida space center is the centerpiece of a campus consolidation.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  36. President Obama has issued an executive order forbidding discrimination against GLBT contractor employees. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Obama signs order banning discrimination of LGBT contractors

    The executive action came after a bill that had a similar goal stalled in the House.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  37. 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
  38. Some civilian Air Force employees around Washington D.C. have the option to take a buyout, as part of an effort to trim the ranks. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington / Relea

    Air Force offering buyouts to HQ employees

    Move is part of an effort to trim headquarters staff

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  39. GSA's maintenance and operations solution prepares to open

    A notice to proceed started the clock on a 30-day window for vendors to provide pricing

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  40. DoD cyber exercise builds on National Guard's lead

    DHS, FBI take part in test drive of operational capabilities

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  41. 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
  42. COL Patrick Burden will be leaving his post as General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. Rob Curtis/Staff / Military Times

    Army gets new GFEBS manager

    COL Patrick Burden reassigned to a new PEO position

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  43. Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know why DHS awarded a contract to a company accused of fraud involving security clearance investigations. Rob Curtis/Staff / Federal Times

    Lawmakers knock DHS for contract with company accused of fraud

    USIS gets new contract despite ongoing litigation with the Justice Department

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 543rd ISR Group airmen negotiate competitive field training exercise at Medina Annex at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Air Force

    Air Force ISR agency to become numbered Air Force

    Maj. Gen. John Shanahan will remain in charge of the Texas-based unit as three new wings join.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  47. 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
  48. A sailor assigned to the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site, San Diego, discusses domain name server functions with students at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego. Rick Naystatt / US Navy

    Senate bill proposes $61.6M in cuts to Pentagon IT programs

    US senators want to slash the Pentagon's information technology (IT) spending plan by tens of millions, calling on the military to trim duplicative programs.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
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