Opinion


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.

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.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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