Opinion


Luddeke

Why not 'functionally better' instead of 'technically acceptable'?

IAC Chairman Dale Luddeke says fiscal pressures dictate that agencies get more from their acquisitions by shifting their focus from price to excellence.

Jim Soltys

The value of a 'home inspector' for IT acquisitions

In the manner of Confucius, agencies should admit what they don't know and consider having technology experts review acquisitions.

Michael Hettinger

The evolving role of the federal CIO

FITARA takes a good step toward giving CIOs more authority, but the legislation needs to go further.

man_on_dollar

Sequester's silver lining

Sequestration has redefined 'normal,' but agency leaders are beginning to recognize new kinds of opportunities in it.

Diana Gowen

Comment: Why the 'cloud broker' concept is broken

Does it make sense to establish third-party brokers to purchase services that agencies could buy directly? Diana Gowen says no.

Smartphone in hand

BYOD: Why managing devices is not enough

Federal agencies handle data that must be protected, and they are the targets of a determined subset of attackers, factors that make mobile devices and their data a particular challenge.

Kieran Taylor

Big dip coming for big data, and that's a good thing

If the usual curve holds, big data is about to lose a lot of its luster, but Kieran Taylor explains that its advocates need not worry.

Bob Woods

Who cares about awards anyway?

If you think winning an award is gratifying, try nominating an unsung hero and see how good it feels when he or she wins.

Andrew Ritcheson

Doing more with less?

For health IT and other agency programs, finding ways to turn the catch-phrase into actual action is key.

Alan Balutis

Another take on the telework debate

The recent decisions to eliminate telework at major companies show a lack of understanding of the practice's benefits.

Michael Wright

A new type of traffic jam -- online

As April 15 approaches, the IRS is the latest agency facing online overloads.

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There is no mobile government without a mobile citizen

For all of the gains agencies are making with employee mobility, it is critical for agencies to keep in mind the use of mobile devices outside of the government too, writes Adobe's John Landwehr.