Opinion


Social-media bans miss the mark

Three reasonable steps could help agencies avoid categorical bans that undermine security and collaboration.

Rising Stars a reminder of an earlier day

Trail Bosses and Rising Stars, though drawing from different generations, have much in common.

How NHIN will change health care communications

If the retail catalog industry has kept the U.S. Postal Service on life support during the past decade or so, then doctors, hospitals and pharmacies certainly must be given credit for sustaining the dying — but not yet dead — prospects of landline phone companies.

Procurement reforms are tough in lean times

Agencies can always hire more people, Congress permitting. But good contracting officers, like fine wines, need time to develop their full potential.

Exploding the data storage myth

People who say we should save everything because data storage is cheap are talking nonsense.

Information fuels social media

Social-networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and others are just that: tools. Good content or information is still necessary to make those tools successful.

Passing the baton

Why, six months into his presidency, has Obama still not named anyone to fill the administrator’s position at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy?

Buying power

Nothing worth doing comes easy. Just ask President Obama.

Past performance returns

After years of benign neglect from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, it looks like the use of past-performance data in contractor selection might be back on the agenda.

Computing is a service

Federal agencies don't need the headache of maintaining all that hardware and software. E-mail has become standardized and the delivery has been commoditized. The lesson: Get rid of your Exchange servers.

Give yourself a break

Even though you might not think you can take time away from your important job or that you can’t afford to do so, forgoing vacation can make everything worse.

Info science revisited

Welcome to the world of the “Semantic Web.” It’s a generational leap from everything we know so far about how to leverage the power of the Web, though it’s not such a stretch from the old reference-desk paradigm.