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From Nextgov.com: Panel to recommend certifications for cybersecurity workforce

New report from nonpartisan commission will suggest the federal government establish a certifying body to test skills of potential hires.

Obama picks Pentagon official as intelligence chief

Lt. Gen. James Clapper might not be a popular choice with some lawmakers, according to reports.

Some say certain guard jobs should not be outsourced.

Inherently governmental rule sparks little consensus

Many comment on the proposed rule change that would clarify functions suitable for outsourcing.

NSA leader urges cybersecurity protocols

U.S. Cyber Command chief say nation needs precise rules of engagement to set standards for counterattacks to breaches of government data networks.

Speaker pledges action on discrimination bill

Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vows to pass legislation this year to bar workplace discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation.

Purchasing agreements emphasize strategic sourcing, vendor diversity

GSA’s 12 new office supply deals are designed to save agencies money and to facilitate more transactions with small businesses.

Nextgov.com: Lawmakers question agencies’ online contests and prizes

Two Republicans say the White House’s push for competition and cash awards wastes taxpayer money, but the White House and a federal manager say the investments are worthwhile.

From Nextgov.com: Networx contract offers first certified product for securing Internet connections

Technology is better suited for agencies with basic security requirements rather than complex intelligence networks, observer says.

IG: Virginia is failing to track Recovery Act program funds

Auditors find serious oversight lapses in Energy’s weatherization assistance program.

HHS chief plugs government health data

Information can be used to help patients and providers make better decisions.