5 reasons why some feds would rather not telework

Make no mistake: The vast majority of readers commenting on telework stories in recent weeks clearly favor having the option to work from home on a regular basis. But here is the minority report.

Agencies overlook file transfer security

The government spends $7.9 billion annually on sophisticated cybersecurity measures, but agencies too often ignore the basics of protecting files, according to a new survey.

Cybersecurity

Federal employees union skeptical of building security 'enhancements'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced this week two enhancements aimed at strengthening security at thousands of federal buildings.

SSA turns to online apps to keep up with boomer claims

An aging workforce, retiring baby boomers and a poor economy are forcing SSA to innovate with new technology to keep up with the demand, the agency's commissioner tells a House subcommittee.

The future of telework technology: A wish list

As teleworking grows, policies are changing and needs are increasing. Managers lay out their vision of the near future, and the technologies they'll need to get them there.

DFAS halts policy that fired employees over credit scores

Following a congressional inquiry, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service on March 30 announced that it would temporarily shelve a policy that suspended or terminated DFAS employees who posted low credit scores.

Younger workforce can motivate agency leaders to embrace new technologies

The latest in technology is creeping into federal agencies, and a younger workforce will be holding the door open for it.

Cybersecurity

Help wanted: Agencies expect to hire more info security pros in 2010

Federal government is a good place for information security professionals to be during the economic downturn, with relatively stable budgets, rising wages and growing employment, according to a survey by ISC2.

D.C. feds hunker down for another blizzard

The federal government in Washington, D.C., breaks out its telework plans as yet another blizzard threatens the capital.

Survey finds feds will be looking for a few good IT pros

Federal agencies will need to hire more than 270,000 new employees during the next three years, information technology pros among them, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

Contractors' complaints about agency 'poaching' of IT pros don't resonate with GCN readers

GCN readers show little sympathy for contractors concerned about government agencies 'poaching' their employees.

Feds accused of 'poaching' contractor employees

Contractors are concerned by what they view as poaching when federal agencies aggressively look to hire their experienced information technology professionals.

DOD, OPM conclude Defense personnel system needs overhaul

The National Security Personnel System should be rebuilt because of systemic problems, a task force finds.

Director Pollet discusses evolution of DISA's mission

Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, reiterated the importance of the contract workforce to DISA at an industry presentation Aug. 7, especially, he said, as the agency faces moving its staff to Fort Meade next year.

2009 Rising Stars announced

This year's 28 winners reflect the breadth and depth of young talent in the federal information technology community.

Cybersecurity

Wyatt Kash | Cybersecurity coordinator needs to close the talent gap

Skeptics may be disappointed by the lack of authority in President Barack Obama’s new cybersecurity office. But consolidating authority would have required lots of legislation and meant plenty of delays.

State & Local

Virginia CIO ousted in contract dispute

The CIO of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has been removed from his post in an apparent dispute with the newly installed Virginia Secretary of Technology.

IT salaries on the rise

A survey by TechRepublic found that salaries for IT professionals increased in the past year, and bonuses were significant for those who earned them.

Graves is DHS' new acting CIO

Margaret Graves takes over as acting chief information officer today on Richard Mangogna's last day as CIO.

Cybersecurity

New marching orders for wounded vets

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center will train wounded soldiers in digital forensics so that they can be deployed as cybersecurity investigators.

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