Opinion


Workforce morale can be sapped by unskillled managers

A recent study shows that employees are often dissatisfied with supervisors who have technical rather than managerial chops, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

Insourcing thicket befuddles mandate-focused agencies

The Office of Management and Budget needs to provide guidance on insourcing efforts governmentwide, writes commentator Jaime Gracia.

Federal cyber strategy gets modestly clearer

The memo that gives DHS the lead role on government cybersecurity answered some questions but raised others, writes Chris Bronk.

D.C. locale can aid agencies' search for young talent

Federal agencies and departments need to do a better job of using the city of Washington as a recruiting tool to attract young professionals looking for employment, writes Steve Kelman.

Editor's note: Improving FISMA

To complement the Federal Information Security Management Act, some agencies are adopting a strategy that depends, in part, on a package of 20 security practices, named the Consensus Audit Guidelines.

Don't cut corners on insourcing transitions

Agencies need to transition positions without losing institutional knowledge, writes Peter G. Tuttle, CPCM.

Chris Bronk

How smart should the smart grid be?

Updating the electrical grid makes sense, but there are still a few bugs to work out, writes FCW columnist Chris Bronk.

Robert Otto

In defense of IT dashboards

It is impossible to manage effectively without the metrics to benchmark and shape performance, writes Robert Otto.

Chris Bronk

3 simple truths about the cloud

Like all good marketing campaigns, the cloud is more of a concept than a reality, writes Chris Bronk.

Bill Gormley

Strategic sourcing: A good idea but...

Despite some success, the ultimate goal of strategic sourcing seems to have gotten lost, writes Bill Gormley.

Coming to terms with FaceSpace

The defining question for any CIO today is whether they allow their employees to access the latest, greatest hits of Web 2.0.

Why technology is not enough

A recent study found that organizations get the most out of technology when they also adopt new management practices, Steve Kelman writes.