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Lawmakers Say Favored Nsa Reform Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

A group of lawmakers concerned about weaknesses in the most popular surveillance reform bill circulating on Capitol Hill wants to insert an amendment that would bar the National Security Agency from weakening encryption standards or exploiting lar

NIST: Don’t Make Security an Afterthought

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government's standards-making body, announced guidelines for agency technologists and industry engineers on how to bake security into critical systems.

Not Everyone Loves The DATA Act

If President Barack Obama puts his expected signature on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, agencies will begin actualizing what has been called everything from “transformative” to a 21st-century tool to “revolutionize federal spendi

IT Reform Should Focus More On Outcomes Than Tactics, Vanroekel Says

With information technology evolving faster than laws governing federal contracting, legislation to reform how government buys and builds IT should focus more on results than on specific methods of achieving them, the federal chief information off

Latinos Aren't Interested In STEM Fields And That's A Problem For Everyone

While there has been some positive progress in improving interest and aptitude among students in science, technology, engineering and math careers, the number of available jobs in such fields continues to significantly outpace the number of availa

How A Small Group Of Entrepreneurs Transformed Government Services

[Commentary] Presidential administrations since Roosevelt have faced varied and vexing challenges, domestic and abroad, that forced them to recognize the need to venture outside their comfortable circles of party loyalists, campaign volunteers and

State Needs Smartphones for The World Cup, The Pan Am Games And The 2016 Olympics

The State Department wants Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones to use at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, according to contracting documents.

The Death of the Federal Snow Day?

Mobile work is dramatically changing the federal workplace -- effectively moving some federal offices from a place where employees go to work to a place where they go to share ideas.

NIST Removes NSA-Tainted Algorithm From Cryptographic Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has finally removed a cryptographic algorithm from its draft guidance on random number generators, more than six months after leaked top-secret documents suggested the algorithm had been deliberat

BYOD Cost The Energy Department More Than Supplying Government Phones

Some Energy Department divisions were too liberal with stipends they paid contract employees under contractor-operated bring-your-own-device plans, an auditor has found.