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Your Idea for Improving Program Management Could Be Worth Something

May 16, 2014 The Performance Improvement Council has issued a challenge to federal employees, industry reps and the public to describe what public sector program management would ideally look like in 25 years. The contest, posted to Challenge.gov May 13, encourages people to respond in essay form (500 to 1,500 words) or with...

Why the FBI Wants to Procure Malware

May 15, 2014 The FBI seeks a commercial supplier of malicious software to supply the intelligence agency with a steady stream of 30 to 40 gigabytes per day of old variants and new, unique malware for research purposes. According to a contract solicitation notice, the FBI seeks to ingest a variety of malware...

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

May 15, 2014 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 large-scale internet security vulnerabilities. According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, Rep. Zoe...

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Excellence in Government Conference Looks at the ‘Agency of the Future’

May 12, 2014 What does the agency of the future look like? This year’s Excellence in Government conference, which started Monday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, is previewing the future of government as innovative federal officials, experts and academics discuss solutions to some of today’s most critical issues: workforce culture and...

The Intelligence Community Needs a New Workforce Model

May 8, 2014 It’s a new world for the 17 agencies within the intelligence community. Their budgets are shrinking in the face of an undiminished threat landscape and a growing list of cyber-adversaries. The IC can do a lot of things, but it can’t make money grow on trees. It faces a grand...

What Feds Can Learn From the Chicago Blackhawks’ Data Analytics

May 2, 2014 Technology buzzwords get tossed around a lot in government, especially inside the Beltway, where big data, the cloud and analytics are three of today’s tech-flavored soups du jour. Yet while the majority of government is slowly beginning to unlock meaningful results from these technologies, it’s important to note that all...

NIST Removes NSA-Tainted Algorithm From Cryptographic Standards

April 29, 2014 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 deliberately sabotaged by the National Security Agency. The announcement came as NIST opened to a final...

First Instrument Deemed Ready for NOAA’s Next-Gen Polar Orbiting Satellite

April 28, 2014 The first of five advanced instruments to be installed aboard the country’s next-generation polar orbiting environmental satellite successfully completed a key review in late April. The instrument, known as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES), was developed by Northrop Grumman and will help scientists understand the Earth’s...

Pentagon Readies Record $11B Health Care Contract Bid

April 25, 2014 Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the U.S. The DHMSM contract’s estimated lifecycle value is approximately $11 billion...

Coming Soon: Pentagon’s Multi-Billion Dollar Health Records Contract

April 25, 2014 Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the United States. The DHMSM contract’s estimated lifecycle value is approximately $11...