Can agencies pay enough to attract top IT talent?

In the various debates about outsourcing, insourcing and federal pay, one issue almost always comes up: The tough competition for IT talent.

GSA pulls the plug on GovGab; POGO meets POTUS

After a four-year run, the General Services Administration put the final nail in the coffin of its GovGab blog by shutting down its Twitter account this week.

Federal agencies still fall short on transparency, watchdog says

News from several areas: a new audit on open government, an interview with former deputy CTO Beth Noveck, crowdsourcing on environmental research, and a National Library of Medicine video contest.

CTO shares lessons learned from freeing HHS data

The Health and Human Services Department has been pushing out its data in recent months and the results have sparked innovation and helped consumers, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said at a new media conference.

Hewlett-Packard will upgrade U.S. volunteer support center

Hewlett-Packard Co. will provide IT services to the Corporation for National and Community Services, a federal agency that promotes volunteerism by Americans, under a five-year, $22.5 million contract.

HHS starts health data section on

A new section on the site features 127 datasets, a blog, and a catalog of applications developed to display and analyze health data.

Level 3 takes FBI functions to the cloud

Under a subcontract, Level 3 will provide content delivery services under a cloud model for the FBI.

Two more vendors grab a piece of VA's $80M innovation competition

The Veterans Affairs Department announced a second round of winners for its industry innovation competition.

CSC gains $143M Labor award for workers' comp claims processing

Computer Sciences Corp. will continue to help the Labor Department process workers' compensation claims under a new seven-year contract that has an estimated total value of $143 million.

10 government websites worth visiting

These 10 sites earned special recognition for their quality and innovation according to an analysis by Government Computer News.

Mark Forman to leave KPMG

Mark Forman is leaving KPMG. His last day with KPMG is January 31. Forman was OMB administrator for e-government and IT during part of the Bush adminstration.

A government that's open about a closed process

John Klossner ponders the effectiveness of the Open Government Initiative.

CSC will toil at Labor's call center

Computer Sciences Corp. has won a blanket purchase agreement to operate the Labor Department's call center under a five-year award that has a ceiling value of $75 million.

The year in cartoons: Security certifications, insourcing and light bulb procurements

FCW cartoonist John Klossner selects his favorite editorial cartoons from 2010.

Study: Many unaware of open government programs; State launches aid dashboard

Advocates of open government have released a major study on citizen and government employee attitudes. Meanwhile, the State Department has created a foreign aid dashboard online.

Sold to the lowest bidder: Reverse auctions play cost-savings role for agencies

Interest grows in reverse auctions as agencies look for efficiency and cost savings.

Ex-Touchstone execs launch new tech-focused consulting firm

Kickstand, a recently launched government solutions provider, was founded by industry veterans Tony Summerlin and Jason Khan, who previously led Touchstone Consulting Group.

AT&T to build $286M call center for Social Security Administration

AT&T Government Solutions will build a contact call center solution for the Social Security Administration as a result of a contract award through the General Services Administration's Networx Universal contract vehicle that could be worth as much as $286 million to the telecommunications company.

Rapper wakes up Gov 2.0 crowd at FedTalks event

D.C.-based CIOs now can claim their own original rap lyrics thanks to comedian GoRemy.

Outside ‘contractor’ tapped for HHS research tool development

Thomson Reuters, best known as a collector and disseminator of news and information, has been chosen by the Health and Human Services Department to develop a tool to enable researchers to perform comparative effectiveness studies.