Opinion


Bob Woods

Networx: A look at its origins

The government has undertaken three major telecom transitions, columnist Bob Woods writes, and there are important lessons to be learned from each of them.

Steve Kelman

Was the GSA scandal really scandalous?

Columnist Steve Kelman wonders whether agencies might be justified in spending money on lavish conferences.

Alan Balutis

Remembering government IT giants

Columnist Alan Balutis reflects on the important contributions that the late Lynn McNulty and Mark Zelinger made to the federal IT community.

Anne Armstrong

Defining war

The nature of war and aggression has changed rather dramatically over the years, and governments are trying to define when and how to use sophisticated new cyber tools.

Jim McGann

4 crucial steps to manage data

Before you can develop strategies to manage data retention, you have to know what you have and where it is, writes columnist Jim McGann.

Anne Armstrong

The new rules of engagement

Social media has dramatically shifted the accepted views of what defines a journalist and what rules govern the exchanges between journalists and sources.

Steve Kelman

Herding the cats: How to lead a cross-organizational team

How can managers get members of a cross-functional to work well together and feel invested in the team effort? The question is not merely academic, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

Dan Chenok

OMB's effort to dispel bad information takes a new step

Agencies that adopt the OMB policy will foster greater collaboration with industry by linking program officials with private-sector experts to solve problems, writes columnist Dan Chenok.

Bob Woods

When leaders don't lead

IT leaders should not disregard the value of knowing something about IT, writes columnist Bob Woods.

Anne Armstrong

Limiting conference attendance fixes the wrong problem

Legislation that would restrict conferences is already having a chilling effect on government/industry communications, write FCW's Anne Armstrong.

Jaime Gracia

Small businesses face federal market storms

The federal budget crunch could crush small businesses without more agency support, warns columnist Jaime Gracia.

Alan Balutis

And the winner of the 2012 presidential election is ...

A professor's algorithm sidesteps the hoopla to reveal the winner of the upcoming presidential election, writes columnist Alan Balutis.