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Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms CIO Announces Exit

August 24, 2015 Rick Holgate, the chief information officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, has announced plans to leave the agency -- and government -- in the coming weeks. In an email to ATF staff, Holgate said he’s leaving the agency to accommodate a move to Vienna, Austria, "in the...

Nextgov Prime 2015 Keynote Speakers Announced

August 18, 2015 Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, David DeVries, principal deputy chief information officer of the Defense Department, and other government technology leaders have been confirmed as keynote speakers at Nextgov Prime 2015: Data, Cybersecurity, and the...

Introducing the 2015 Bold Award Finalists

August 4, 2015 Editor's note: One of the Bold Awards finalists has withdrawn from the voting process. We’re thinking about the “B word” in government. No, not bureaucratic, backward, behemoth or bland. But bold. The Nextgov editorial staff has selected 17 finalists for the 2015 Bold Awards from more than 100 nominations. The...

Anonymous Exposes Census Data to Protest Controversial Trade Deals (UPDATED)

July 24, 2015 Updated: The director of the Census Bureau said in a July 24 blog post that only the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, which is housed on externally facing IT systems and contains nonconfidential data, was breached. The Census Bureau, part of the Commerce Department, recently bore the brunt of grievances about the...

Don’t Fall for This USAJobs Phishing Scam

July 22, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is warning job seekers about email scams purporting to come from the federal government’s jobs site. A short advisory posted on the USAJobs.gov website states: Please be advised that the USAJOBS system is not sending out emails asking users to revalidate account information. Any emails...

Mark Your Calendar: Nextgov Prime Coming Sept. 9

May 27, 2015 It’s more than three months away, but already we’re planning our marquee event, Nextgov Prime, and we wanted you to be the first to hear about it. Nextgov Prime: Gov2020: Technology and Government of Tomorrow will take place Sept. 9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. As the title...

Colonial America Stands Up to ‘Worldwide Caliphate’ after Random Hack

March 12, 2015 Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia attraction that re-enacts 18th-century life, has offered to temporarily take custody of Iraqi artifacts the Islamic State is intent on destroying, according to the tourist destination’s leaders. Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell B. Reiss, a former senior U.S. diplomat, first proposed the transfer March 2. Days later,...

Brit Allegedly Extracted Data from Pentagon Satellite System

March 6, 2015 A U.K. man allegedly broke into an international satellite messaging system the U.S. military uses to communicate with global personnel, British officials announced Friday. Police arrested the 23-year-old unnamed West Midlands man Wednesday. The data affected was “nonconfidential” contact information for about 800 people, according to a U.K. government statement....

Former WH Deputy CIO Lands at Fortune 500 Medical Device Firm

March 2, 2015 The former deputy chief information officer of the White House executive office is joining medical device giant Stryker as the company’s chief information security officer. Alissa Johnson had served as deputy CIO for the Office of Administration in the White House’s Executive Office of the President since March 2012. Stryker...

The Big Fix: Is Washington Ready for IT Reform?

February 19, 2015 There’s rare consensus in Washington that the federal government’s system for buying IT is broken. In the year after the HealthCare.gov fiasco, progress on revamping federal IT procurement has been mostly fitful. Still, experts agree fixing federal IT acquisition certainly won’t happen overnight -- or even in a year. Nextgov's...