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Managing Virtual Workers? Take a Page from Fantasy Football

January 30, 2015 Those strategies most effective for creating and managing a winning fantasy football team work just as well when leading a very different group of players — the federal virtual workforce. That's the takeaway of a new report, “The Federal Virtual Team Leader’s Playbook: Using Fantasy Football Strategy as a Guide...

Why Paid Parental Leave Could Be Key to Diversifying the Tech Workforce

January 28, 2015 When it comes to attracting top-tier tech talent, the federal government faces stiff competition from the private sector, which often promises six-figure salaries and state-of-the-art facilities. The gap is further emphasized when it comes to women in tech fields. Women currently make up less than a third of federal IT...

Report Finds VA's Monitoring System Is Not Doing Its Job

January 27, 2015 In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new system to keep close watch on the agency’s IT initiatives. The Program Management Accountability System, or PMAS, was supposed to help VA officials monitor the development of IT projects, check for any red flags and deliver functionality on large-scale projects...

VA’s System for Managing IT Projects Comes Under Scrutiny

January 26, 2015 In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new system to keep close watch on the agency’s IT initiatives. The Program Management Accountability System, or PMAS, was supposed to help VA officials monitor the development of IT projects, check for any red flags and deliver functionality on large-scale projects...

The Federal Government May be Unpopular, but Science and Tech Agencies Remain a Hit

January 23, 2015 After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's high-profile role in the fight against the Ebola outbreak last fall, missteps and all, the agency still managed to come away with many brownie points. As of early January, 70 percent of the public continue to view CDC favorably. And it's not...

Why is DC's STEM Scene Lacking?

January 22, 2015 At the end of 2012, President Barack Obama pledged to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and math jobs by 1 million over the subsequent decade. The Commerce Department has estimated STEM jobs will increase 1.7 times quicker than other jobs between 2008 and 2018. But it turns out,...

How Crucial is a Systems Integrator? Without One, You Might Wind up with HealthCare.gov

January 21, 2015 More than a year after the launch of HealthCare.gov, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general is providing a glimpse into some of the initial critical contracting blunders that set the site up for failure. One of the most obvious missteps cited by auditors in new report released...

Survey: Governments’ Pledge to be ‘Open by Default’ Still Mostly a Talking Point

January 21, 2015 Despite talking the government transparency talk, most countries achieve nothing close to the walk. That’s according to a newly released World Wide Web Foundation survey of 86 countries, which found more than 90 percent of the polled nations still keep reams of government data hidden from the public. When data...