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  1. 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
  2. The Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Getty Images

    VA official 'sickened' by whistleblower retaliation

    Tuchschmidt promises changes are coming.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  3. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., is one of six lawmakers who signed a letter urging faster progress on rules for phased retirement. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Lawmakers demand final phased retirement rules

    OPM accused of contributing to a 5-month delay in issuance of rule.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  4. The scandal that led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki continues to reverberate for current employees. Rob Curtis/Staff / Times New Service

    Bill would take bonuses from some VA employees

    Employees who were involved in falsifying patient wait lists would have to pay back money already received.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  5. The Inmarsat 5/Global Xpress satellite is ready for use. Boeing (Artist's Concept)

    Inmarsat-5 ready for government

    The Global Xpress satellite has been undergoing testing for months.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  6. Buying cloud services on GSA schedules to get easier

    Federal agencies have spent more than $800 million on cloud services in the last two years, according to a senior GSA official.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Julian Castro testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Senate confirms Castro as new HUD secretary

    San Antonio mayor's confirmation to take over housing agency passes 71-26.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Paige Atkins, formerly with DISA, is returning to the government on the civilian side. Mike Morones/Staff

    Former DISA official heads to Commerce

    After three years away from government, Paige Atkns is returning.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  11. A protest by Oracle could slow the award of DISA's Enterprise Storage Services II contract. File

    Protest could delay DISA cloud storage contract

    Oracle files pre-award objection to the Enterprise Storage Services II solicitation.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  12. 91 Air Force civilians approved for voluntary separations

    The Air Force has approved 91 civilian employees for voluntary separations, and they will leave by Aug. 31, according to a July 7 release.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Kathy P. Conrad, left, and Lena Trudeau

    GSA's 18F speeds innovation to government

    In December, the General Services Administration launched the 18F program, a lean and agile software development office that, in its first few months, created a flurry of digital services designed to help people better navigate government, whether they are feds or citizens.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  16. 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
  17. Program View

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  18. Executive One-on-One

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  19. 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
  20. President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and former Procter & Gamble exec Robert McDonald (right), Obama's nominee to get the scandal-plagued VA back on track. Dennis Brack/Getty Images

    Transforming the VA will be daunting task

    It seems nearly every day there's more bad news about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and how it has treated those who served in the military.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  21. Federal fund goes broke, forcing states to hit brakes on road projects

    Instead of shifting into high gear during what is normally the peak of construction season, state transportation departments around the country are easing off the gas pedal as the federal Highway Trust Fund barrels toward insolvency sometime next month.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  22. DoD could save $19 billion by replacing some military personnel with civilian employees, according to the CBO. A1C Andea Salazar / 374 AW Public Affairs

    CBO: Save $19B by replacing 70K troops with civilians

    DoD could save $19 billion over 10 years by doing so.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  23. The Intelligence Community Desktop Environment will support thick, thin and mobile form factors. Spc. Joshua Edwards / U.S. Army

    IC moves toward common desktops

    The groundwork is laid, but the remaining work will not be easy.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  24. NGA analysts study a set of data. NGA

    NGA taps crowd to improve disaster response

    Sharing code could lead to faster, better software for geo-spatial intelligence.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  25. Information technology that supports health management functions, such as medication management and clinical results, is exempt from FDA regulations, according to the agency's recent framework. Thomas Brown/Staff

    FDA decision frees health IT developers

    With a clear declaration that health IT does not fall into the category of medical devices, vendors and developers can be assured device regulations do not apply.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. COL Patrick Burden, the General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager, US Army's PEO EIS, promises a draft solicitation for a new contract writing system within months. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army to launch new ERP competition soon

    The Army plans to issue a draft solicitation to industry in the next few months for a new contract writing system, according to Col. Patrick Burden, who is overseeing the program.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  29. 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
  30. Demonstrators rallied outside the Supreme Court building on June 30 as justices ruled that a family-owned corporation cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to cover birth control methods to which the owning family objects for religious reasons. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Religious leaders ask for exemption from planned LGBT executive order

    Objections follow Supreme Court ruling allowing religious exemptions to healthcare law.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. A GSA/FCC effort will make it easier for schools to invest in wireless networks for Internet access. Jetta Productions / Getty Images

    GSA, FCC team up to reduce tech prices for schools

    Wireless routers, other IT equipment to cost less through reverse auctions.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  36. ADM Mike Rogers: DISA needs an operational mission to operate and defend the DoDIN. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    DISA needs DoDIN operational mission, says cyber chief

    DISA was primarily an engineering and acquisition organization, but that should change, Rogers says.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  37. Some GPO employees could be offered buyouts as the office downsizes. KAREN BLEIER / AFP/Getty Images

    Government Printing Office offering buyouts, early retirements

    Digital publishing takes a toll on demand for printed documents.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  38. In an effort to trim costs, the USPS is offering buyouts to some postmasters, planning a reduction in force in January, and preparing to cut hours at many post offices. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Postal Service offers postmasters early retirements ahead of RIFs

    $10,000 awaits those who choose to resign, while those who turn down the offer might be let go in January.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  39. 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
  40. Marc Pearl is president and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.

    Healthcare.gov rollout provides immigration lessons

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

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  41. Agency data copying policies might be slowing consolidation progress. Shown: The NASA Center for Climate Simulation's Discover supercomputer.

    Study: Data copying works against consolidation at many agencies

    Agencies could spend more than $16 billion in 10 years on unnecessary storage.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  42. GSA has flipped the switch for OASIS' small business side. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA greenlights OASIS Small Business

    123 small businesses can now start filling orders under the new contract.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  43. Then-Proctor & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald speaks Sept. 23, 2012, during the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York. Getty Images

    Obama to nominate former Proctor & Gamble CEO as Veterans Affairs secretary

    The White House on Monday will nominate former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to take over as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, charged with fixing the ongoing veterans care delay scandal and restoring public faith in the department.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  44. Sen. Jon Tester wants to allow agencies to share information about job apllicants. Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    Bill would allow agencies to share applicant info

    Tester wants to remove legal barriers to information sharing.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  45. 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
  46. CAPT John Windom (shown here before his promotion from CMDR): Final RFP for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract is nearly ready. Navy

    Health systems modernization RFP draws closer

    DoD industry day attracts hundreds of potential bidders.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  47. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is one of two sites where DISA is consolidating network operations centers. File

    DISA to merge four network centers into two

    Lockheed Martin is performing the work in Illinois and Hawaii.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  48. 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
  49. The Defense Department's planned Joint Information Environment is intended to bring various sources of information together so that defense personnel can access it on various devices, even from the battlefield. Turning JIE from concept to reality, however, is not easy. (Pictured: Army Spc. Kerry Lampkin points a satellite communications antenna during an operation to find weapons caches and known terrorist suspects within the village of Malhah in the Kirkuk province of Iraq.) SSGT SAMUEL BENDET / Air Force

    DoD struggles on JIE details

    Leaders remain committed to the effort to centralize military networks, IT and communications, but getting beyond general ideas to specific plans proves difficult.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  50. : U.S. Postal Service employee Netza Suastegui delivers the mail in Los Angeles, California. A House commitee has passed a bill that would prevent the USPS from ending Saturday mail delivery, which the service had proposed as a cost-cutting measure. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    House committee keeps Saturday mail delivery

    USPS, other groups dispute accuracy of projected cost savings.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
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