Columns


Chris Bronk

Tech innovation outpaces government's desire to change

Google's dispute with Interior is just a symptom of a much larger problem: The government still resists change, writes Chris Bronk.

Alan Balutis

5 enduring flaws of IT performance

A group of current and former government executives has identified five perpetual but fixable problems with government IT performance, Alan Balutis writes.

Ted Schadler

How to empower your agency's heroes

With cloud services making it easy for employees to build their own solutions, it’s time for the tech staff to find a new role, writes Ted Schadler, vice president and principal analyst at consulting firm Forrester Research.

Jaime Gracia

2 quick fixes for better programs

Oral presentations and post-award conferences can improve the likelihood of program success, writes Jaime Gracia.

How political appointees undermine large IT programs -- and how to turn the tide

FCW columnist Steve Kelman proposes creating an awards program to recognize political appointees who maintain the momentum of existing programs.

6 keys to avoiding another 'grand design' failure

Agency executives must learn to resist the temptation of developing sweeping modernization programs, writes Frank McDonough, a former GSA official.

One way to keep big IT programs out of trouble

The latest Capability Maturity Model could help agencies improve the management of their service delivery programs, writes Jeffrey D. Sacks of Access Systems.

OMB's hold on financial systems comes with a price

An OMB-mandated pause on financial system projects is likely to diminish momentum on modernization efforts, write Laurance Alvarado and John Cox, senior directors at Alvarez and Marsal.

4 steps toward better collaboration in government

KPMG's Mark Forman identifies four changes federal agencies could make to take fuller advantage of the latest breed of collaboration software.

The Disney Store approach to cutting the federal deficit

A retail business based on agency logo merchandise could make a modest dent in the federal deficit, writes Steve Kelman.

Federal IT program failures: It's the content, stupid

Many federal IT programs fail because agencies focus on systems rather than content, writes consultant Barry Schaeffer.

IT spending: When bad news is good news

Improved access to federal spending data bodes well for IT decision-making, writes FCW columnist Chris Bronk.