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    State Department offers glimpse of $8B IT services contract

    The multiple-award contract dubbed "Evolve" is the successor to the Vanguard contract held by Science Applications International Corp. since 2010. 10/25/2021

  • Workforce
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    GAO prods OPM to review pandemic hiring

    A new Government Accountability Office report says that not compiling the lessons learned from special hiring authorities could "risk significantly hindering the government's ability to recruit, hire, retain and manage its current COVID-19 pandemic workforce as well as for future pandemics or emergencies." 10/25/2021

  • Oversight
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    Federal watchdog calls out transparency issues in pandemic spending

    A committee established to ensure transparency around government spending related to COVID-19 found that federal agencies failed to provide clear reporting on how they were spending billions of dollars. 10/25/2021

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    FCW Insider: October 25, 2021

    The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors. 10/25/2021

  • Defense
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    Coast Guard looks to take law enforcement database mobile

    The Coast Guard's deputy commander for operations said the maritime service wants to break down its Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement system into a series of mobile applications. 10/22/2021

  • Workforce
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    IGs look to expand investigative authority

    Agency watchdogs told lawmakers that they would like authority to subpoena former federal employees, contractors and other non-governmental witnesses to give testimony in IG probes. 10/22/2021

  • Workforce
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    Civic tech vendor recognizes employee union

    Code for America recognized a new employee union, a first in the civic tech sector. 10/22/2021

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    FCW Insider: October 22, 2021

    The latest news and analysis from FCW's reporters and editors. 10/22/2021

  • Congress
    National Archives at St. Louis, Twenty-nine Feet High Shelving for Military Records. Photo by Lenin Hurtado for the National Archives.

    Lawmakers seek probe of veterans' records requests backlog

    The National Personnel Records Center is facing a backlog of 550,000 requests that built up over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 10/21/2021

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    The CISO reporting structure is broken

    The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict – does IT or security come out on top? 10/14/2021

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    Cyber EO compliance is a full-time job

    Unified security controls, supply chain security, zero trust and smart procurement decisions are all pieces of the puzzle. 09/30/2021

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    Leveraging OSCAL for FedRAMP authorizations

    An automated FedRAMP review process will speed up authorizations, drive continuous improvement and put cloud service providers in the driver's seat. 09/07/2021