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Richard W. Walker

Richard W. Walker is a freelance writer based in Maryland.

PSC's Soloway drove acquisition reform

GCN's 2013 Industry Executive of the Year Stan Soloway has become a pillar at the nexus of industry and government.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Court's virtualized interpreters bridge linguistic and digital divide

A Florida circuit court's Virtual Remote Interpreting system helps it meet the needs of an increasingly multilingual society.

The state of broadband resources, all in one place

The National Broadband Map, the biggest dataset of its kind, supports the drive to extend high-speed Internet service to everyone.

DISA remakes e-mail as DOD-wide collaboration super suite

DOD's IT shop will maintain the network and extend service to 4.5 million users.

Data & Analytics

Texas gives truckers right of way with automated permit, mapping system

The DMV Motor Carrier Division's trucking permit and routing system has already paid for itself, in dollars, safety and improved morale.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How DHS got its COPs on the same beat

The department's Common Operating Picture provides tools for broader situational awareness, including shared mapping, analytics and data visualization.

CACI's Cofoni brought team-first approach to defense work

For CACI's Paul Cofoni, recipient of the 2012 GCN Awards' Industry Executive of the Year award, a more open management and problem-solving style lead to better results.

Bob Woods: The collaboration artist

In a 40-year career, Bob Woods, winner of the GCN Gala 25th Anniversary Award, has earned a reputation for integrity, a commitment to public service – and thick skin.

Cloud & Infrastructure

At DHS, a 'true-cloud' is launched

Homeland Security Department CIO Richard Spires works to make progress on four key areas of IT.

From Vietnam to 9/11, Hitch delved into 'key issues of our time'

Van Hitch, former CIO of the Justice Department, faced the formidable task of improving information-sharing capability in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Winkler's inside view of IT helps lead Army's strategies

Gary Winkler's experience in industry and government IT has helped him develop what he calls win-win strategies for the Army.

Baker drives change at VA

In addition to customer service, Roger Baker, assistant secretary for information and technology at the Veterans Affairs Department, has established several priorities for IT programs: improve information security, implement operational metrics, fix software development processes and strengthen financial management.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FEMA puts disaster info into hands of smart-phone users

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's new mobile Web site offers information on emergency preparedness, response and assistance via smart phone.

Secrets to social media acceptance revealed

Panelists at the Open Government and Innovations Conference revealed tested strategies for convincing leaders to adop social media tools.

What scares managers about younger workers?

The use of social networking tools underscores the generational divide, but crossing that divide will help agencies accomplish their missions, panelists at the 2010 Open Government Innovations Conference say.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Moving to the cloud? You need new skills.

Dan Mintz, former Transportation CIO, told an audience at the Knowledge Mangement Conference that manging Web applications and external cloud providers is different from what agencies are used to.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Search is dead: Long live 'findability'

Enterprise searches should be dynamic and interactive, speakers said at the 2010 Knowledge Management Conference. NASA Langley Research Center is one example of agencies embracing the virtues of findability.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Knowledge management a key cog in Open Government Initiative

Knowledge management techniques are integral to supporting the government's Open Government initiative and managing the culture change that goes with it, panelists at the Cloud Computing Conference agreed.


Battling cyber threats requires a global security framework, experts say

At its forum in Washington, the Business Software Alliance released its Global Cybersecurity Framework, a 12-point plan toward building a global policy approach to cybersecurity.


Rockefeller calls for public-private action on cybersecurity

Sen. Jay Rockefeller's cybersecurity bill would promote shared responsibility between government and industry.