Government IT

NSA Hints at Outreach to Silicon Valley Talent

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The National Security Agency is worried that all of the controversies surrounding its, er, data-gathering activities is hurting its efforts to recruit technology talent, according to comments made earlier this week by Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to agency Director Michael Rogers. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the LongNow Foundation, Neuberger “extended a plea to an audience replete with tech workers to consider a career in government, or at least apply for a fellowship,” Reuters reports. Though many officials… continue…

D.C. Is a Tech Candidate’s Market

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What’s New This Quarter The story remains the same: The federal government simply can’t find enough cybersecurity professionals to lock down everything that needs to be locked down, and security watchers say that we must make cybersecurity a national imperative much like aerospace technology, nuclear science and biotechnology have been in the past. Sam Visner, vice president and general manager of CSC Global Security, told NextGov that not enough is being done to make current cybersecurity efforts effective. “We have… continue…

Employers Put More Value in Certifications

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After years of having their value called into question, the worth of many IT certifications is rising, spurred in many cases by governments’ use of them to describe expectations. This year’s first quarter brought the largest annual increase in market pay for certifications in more than 15 years and the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, according to analyst firm Foote Partners, which tracks a number of technology credentials. Click here to cybersecurity jobs. “Over the years, I’ve witnessed references to… continue…

Feds Try Startup Approach to Luring ‘World Class Coders’

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The federal government’s latest effort to recruit tech talent aims to mimic a scrappy startup–though it’s not clear how nimble it can be considering all the regulations involved. Called 18F, the operation takes its name from its Washington, D.C., street address. One of its first projects was to create a repository of information for college-age victims of sexual assault, NotAlone.gov. Click here to see jobs in Washington, D.C. The effort is building on the success of the Presidential Innovation Fellows… continue…

State, Local Governments Resume Tech Hiring

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State and local governments are picking up the pace of their IT hiring as the economy grows. Although smart officials are rethinking the level of staff they need on-site, a rash of retirements is creating a range of opportunities, says Alan R. Shark, executive director/chief executive officer of the Public Technology Institute at Rutgers University. Still, new dynamics are at play. “Some of the civil service laws are so archaic that classifications have no bearing on the market rate. IT… continue…

Washington: Surprising Reasons Behind Promising Job Market

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What’s New This Quarter A long and miserable winter in D.C. coupled with the usual governmental tumult has left federal workers in terrible moods. According to a poll conducted by researcher Market Connections and FierceGovIT, 50 percent of government employees said recent policies were a reason to leave government work, while 39 percent said staffing issues have gotten so bad that mission-critical work is not getting done. “This level of frustration is fueled by policies and budget cuts we’ve seen… continue…

In D.C., IT Procurement Takes Center Stage

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What’s New This Quarter Washington’s very messy year came to an end with a mid-December plea from President Obama to Silicon Valley’s top executives for advice and guidance in improving the Affordable Care Act’s technological underpinnings. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the HealthCare.gov disaster is that tough questions about how the government buys and builds information technology are now a topic of serious debate. Editorial writers are calling for smarter IT buying, agile development processes, and… continue…

Obama Mulls Creation of IT Mega-Agency

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After the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration is considering creating a one-stop shop that handles all federal tech projects, rather than have them overseen by a myriad of government agencies. Each year, the federal government spends $77 billion on IT, but the White House isn’t convinced taxpayers are getting the most for their money. The Department of Health and Human Services spent at least $319 million on the controversial HealthCare.gov website, but as The Washington Post found out,… continue…

House Delays Reform of Federal IT Spending

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The U.S. House of Representatives nuked a plan to overhaul how the federal government buys and manages IT. continue…

Local Governments Face IT Talent Squeeze

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Tech companies aren’t the only organizations scrambling to find qualified tech professionals. Local governments are feeling the pinch, as well. A big reason: Senior government IT executives are preparing to retire and potential replacements are few and far between, according to Government Technology. The recession has kept the problem at bay for a while, with its budget cutbacks, layoffs and caps on hiring. Local CIOs outsourced IT systems, brought in consultants and took advantage of computer services and software on… continue…