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Good Tidings from GAO on IT Programs

By Adelaide OBrien

  As a watchdog organization investigating how government spends taxpayer dollars, the GAO typically reports on a range of acquisition management weaknesses facing federal IT investments—including problems relating to senior leadership, requirements management, and testing. Many government IT projects have been characterized by GAO as   "risky, costly, unproductive mistakes" that do not contribute to mission outcomes. However, just in time for this holiday season, GAO breaks tradition a


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Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again

By Adelaide OBrien

The recent challenge issued by DARPA to reassemble shredded documents seems like trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Why would government need to reassemble shredded records? Because troops in war zones confiscate the remains of destroyed or shredded documents that contain valuable information. DARPA is seeking the best technologies for document reconstruction, and has issued a Shredder Challenge  to “computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts and anyone else who likes solving complex proble



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