An early Christmas gift? Feds get extra day off

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday that gives federal employees the day after Christmas off.

FITARA: A good start, but still unfinished business

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is on its way to the Senate floor after passing the House for the fourth time as a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

USAID taps former Google engineer to lead innovation lab

Ann Mei Chang is the latest in a growing list of former Google execs to enter government service. Chang will lead USAID’s recently launched Global Development Lab.

How NIST is helping law enforcement with digital forensics

During a National Institute of Standards and Technology forensics conference Wednesday, a number of NIST scientists, engineers and program managers poured over the ways the agency is helping law enforcement enhance investigations.

Ash Carter returns to a Pentagon in transition

President Barack Obama officially nominated Ashton Carter Friday as his fourth secretary of Defense in six years, calling him one of the nation’s “foremost national security leaders” with “a unique blend of strategic perspective and technical know-how.”

Lockheed Martin’s Greg Boison on the nation’s cyber threats

Greg Boison, director of homeland and cyber security for Lockheed Martin, stopped by at FedTalks 2014 to talk to FedScoop TV about the nation’s cybersecurity threats and more.

Configuration management deficiencies put EPA at risk

Administrators for the Environmental Protection Agency’s networks must focus on improving its configuration management program, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

Watch Treasury CIO Sonny Bhagowalia’s FedTalks 2014 keynote

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer for the Treasury Department, discussed improving citizen services in the digital age during his FedTalks 2014 keynote.

VanRoekel talks firsthand of Ebola-plagued West Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development Chief Innovation Officer Steven VanRoekel said the region’s ability to respond to the crisis was hampered by a crippling lack of infrastructure.

IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

FCC CIO David Bray on inspiring change

David Bray, chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, joins FedScoop TV at FedTalks 2014 to discuss how he’s bringing change to the FCC.

Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

Over the last two years, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has made datafying the visible and non-visible information about the Earth a priority — now, the agency is looking into finding a way to capture that data from the sky for less.

FDA official to innovators: be ‘charmingly persistent’

Federal officials talk about how private industry can help meet the needs of the federal government.

CDC testing big data defense against Ebola

Ebola may not be getting the media attention it did a few short months ago, but it’s still ravaging West Africa. And now the CDC is piloting a tool that merges health, population and movement data to predict the spread of the disease.

Watch FCC CIO David Bray’s FedTalks presentation

David Bray, chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, discussed change agents in exponential times during his keynote presentation at FedTalks 2014.

Watch Cloud Foundry VP James Watters’ FedTalks Keynote

James Watters, vice president of product for Cloud Foundry’s Pivotal, kicked off his FedTalks 2014 keynote with a picture of the audience, before launching into a discussion on agile development and the cloud.

New law clarifies agency staffers’ use of personal email

President Barack Obama signed a bill before the Thanksgiving holiday that requires agency employees who use a nonagency electronic messaging for official business to forward copies of the correspondence to their official accounts.

How to boost credit card security? Kantara’s Brennan weighs in

With the holiday buying season in full swing, the White House is aiming to improve the somewhat deficient credit card security standards in the United States.

FAA to upgrade contingency systems after Chicago blaze

When an air traffic control center employee set fire to a critical part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Chicago Center air traffic control hub, flights were canceled or delayed in the Midwest. Now, the agency is looking into what went wrong and how it can make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Exclusive: Carter to get Defense secretary, but Work will lead the post-war transformation

The pending nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense secretary is unlikely to have an impact on the Defense Innovation Initiative or the third offset strategy — both of which are being led by Robert Work, the No. 2 official at the Pentagon and an enterprise visionary who’s played a key role in the military’s postwar transition strategies.

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