Opinion


Andrea DiMaio

5 necessary truths about Gov 2.0

Efforts to engage with the public might move to the back burner unless federal leaders can make them relevant to broader issues.

Alan Balutis

5 sure-fire bets for federal IT in 2011

In what promises to be a chaotic year for government, Alan Balutis presents five things you can count on happening in federal IT.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obama's performance agenda: Stealthy and radical

Emerging performance initiatives could become the foundation for the collaborative governance models of the future, writes John M. Kamensky, a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

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.