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  1. Sen. Jon Tester wants cleared personnel who owe back taxes to have their access limited. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Tester: Tax debt should affect security access

    People who owe back taxes are potential security risks even if they hold clearances, lawmaker argues.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  2. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones / Staff

    Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  3. 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
  4. President Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 in Charlotte, N.C. , Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Obama to veterans: New culture of accountability at VA

    President Obama announced a new series of executive actions to help veterans Tuesday, telling veterans in Charlotte that he's instituting a new 'culture of accountability' at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  5. The Defense Department is competing a contract to modernize its health records system. Ken Moore/Air Force

    DoD kicks off $11B health IT competition

    The single-award contract is expected in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. President Obama speaks at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 in Charlotte, N.C. , Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Obama to announce VA initiatives today

    President Obama is expected today to announce a recruiting campaign to bring thousands of medical professionals into Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Rep. Darrell Issa is targeting the Labor Department in his latest inquiry into 'frivolous' spending. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    Issa demands information on 'frivolous' Labor Department spending

    Elevator posters and a book club raise lawmaker's eyebrows.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  12. The Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force recently broke ground at a solar power project at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

    Army's renewable energy push gathers solar-powered steam

    The service wants to generate a gigawatt of power from renewable sources by 2025 and has established a permanent office to pursue the goal.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  13. DoD planners are putting together a new round of budget cuts to support agencies, said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DoD plans overhead cuts

    Pentagon's No. 2 says future unclear for force levels, readiness, compensation.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  14. Robert McDonald, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is working to soften the image of VA employees. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McDonald works to soften image of VA employees

    VA is 'full of good people' striving to fix a broken system, new leader says.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  15. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard tests virtual assets

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  16. Finding agile remedies for project failure

    Large-scale IT projects are almost never delivered as promised.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  17. 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
  18. On the ground at the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, CDC disease detectives Ilana Schafer, left, Erik Knudsen and Andrea McCollum use the new Epi Info tool to track down people exposed to the deadly virus. CDC

    CDC software helps fight Ebola

    Epi Info aids epidemiologists trying to trace the origin and spread of outbreaks.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  19. About 500,000 soldiers will be using IPPS-A in the next few weeks according to Col. Darby McNulty, project manager. Mike Morones/Staff

    World's largest HR ERP moving into second phase

    Col. Darby McNulty reveals some of the challenges of the Army's Integrated Personnel and Pay System.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  20. After failed attempts at joint electronic health records, DoD and VA officials have opted to make their agencies' records interoperable. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    DoD readies health records RFP

    Price tag for the records modernization program could hit $11 billion.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. GSA increases contract duplication one solicitation at a time

    New contracts seem to mirror existing Schedules.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  24. Federal CTO Todd Park is stepping down and heading to California to undertake another challenge for the White House. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Federal CTO Todd Park to step down

    White House official is relocating to Silicon Valley to take on a new challenge for the administration.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. Program View

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  28. Executive One-on-One

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  29. 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
  30. The National Security Agency has given DISA some recent cloud insight. File

    DISA looks to intelligence community for cloud tips

    NSA has already contributed some cloud intelligence

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Exelis gets Corps of Engineers IT contract

    Company will provide IT support in Mississippi, Oregon and D.C.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  34. 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

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  35. Private First Class(Pfc) Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban inmates held at the Guantanamo prison. /AFP/Getty Images Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

    GAO: Bergdahl release violated Antideficiency Act

    The Defense Department should have notifed Congress 30 days before prisoner transfer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  36. David Bennett, DISA's CIO, is examining how accepting DoD agencies are of using commercial cloud providers for sensitive information. DISA

    Amazon's cloud arm gets green light to handle sensitive DoD data

    Passing muster for this level of material requires more than FedRAMP compliance.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  37. DISA is likely to reorganize to take better advantage of its collaboration with US CYBERCOM, says DISA Vice Director MG Alan Lynn. Barry Rosenberg/C4ISRNet

    DISA to undergo cyber-focused restructure

    Still in the early planning stages, expected changes will strengthen DISA's collaboration with Cyber Command.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  38. GSA wants to hear from feds who work in GSA-managed buildings. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    GSA looking for tenant feedback on federal offices

    Survey responses will inform management strategies.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  39. CSC and IBM have joined forces to advance cloud computing. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    CSC, IBM partner on cloud

    A set of new offerings will help customers make the transition.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  40. DoD is not a 'niche market of contracts,' says David Bennett. DISA CIO. DISA

    DISA weighs contract consolidation as sequester solution

    The forced budget cuts could return in fiscal 2016, but DoD's mission has not gotten any smaller.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  41. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Sequester fears return

    After months on the back burner, worries over the defense budget are back on the forefront.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  42. The US Postal Service's workers' compensation costs continue to rise. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls

    The service paid $1.3 billion in workers' compensation claims in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  43. U.S. Army Spc. Cyrus Haines types air traffic notes onto a laptop at Camp Taji, Iraq. Staff Sgt Quinton Russ

    Microsoft licensing agreement pioneers new concept

    Only two such JELAs are in place, but the strategy shows early success.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  44. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is pushing to pass for an omnibus spending bill before the end of September. Mark Wilson/ / Getty Images

    Congressional gridlock makes continuing resolution almost certain

    Spending bills are stalled, and some are under veto threat.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  45. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe prepares to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Air Force, which establishes a working group that will identify cost-effective enterprisewide solutions. GSA

    GSA, Air Force team up to identify cost-effective contracts

    The Air Force is interested in OASIS and GSA's strategic sourcing initiatives.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  46. NASA delays award of multibillion dollar SEWP V contract

    Too many proposals have come in for an August award.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  47. 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
  48. Travel per diem rates to stay flat in 2015

    Per diem rates vary across locales, but standard rates will not change next year.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
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