Opinion


Steve Kelman

The dangers of a 'colorblind' workplace

Efforts to ignore racial differences in the workplace can make it harder for people to work together, writes Steve Kelman.

Marc Demarest

Data overload threatens with rise of smart tech and real-time sensors

The government needs to get smart about handling the coming flood of real-time, sensor-based data, writes consultant Marc Demarest.

Stanton Sloane

How outsourcing keeps America on top

Contractors are critical to our nation's history of successfully competing through innovation, writes SRA International President Stanton Sloane.

Kevin Connor

5 steps to better technology budgets

A clear decision-making process is the key to achieving agency goals in these lean economic times, writes Decision Lens' Kevin Connor.

Frank McDonough

NARA's digital archive falters as others soar

Consultant Frank A. McDonough offers three examples of electronic archives that outshine NARA's troubled effort to preserve government records.

Alan Balutis

Quick! Grab the org charts!

The president's call for a sweeping reorganization of the government creates a rare opportunity for real progress.

Dennis McDonald

Why best practices won't fix federal IT

By the time you document a best practice, the problem, event, process or solution will have changed, writes consultant Dennis McDonald, who offers a readily available alternative.

Steve Kelman

Can we radically improve service contract management?

Steve Kelman proposes an experiment to test ideas for improving service contracts.

Jaime Gracia

Bring accountability to contract protests

Government and industry need to take a new approach to procurement before bid protests spiral out of control, writes Jaime Gracia.

Alan Balutis

CIOs: The more things change…

Give OMB credit for trying to strengthen the CIO's role, but more dramatic steps are needed, writes Alan Balutis.

3 arguments for telework managed services

Managed services offer one way to avoid the network problems that can plague teleworkers, writes Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes.

Steve Kelman

5 top management priorities for 2011

Columnist Steve Kelman identifies the Obama administration's best options for improving the management of government programs and operations.