Opinion


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Does anyone want to be a CIO?

Alan Balutis argues that focusing too much on "commodity IT" is an abdication of the CIO's mission.

Thomas LaRock of SolarWinds

The accidental database administrator

Here are five things administrators need to know to successfully manage mission-critical databases.

Major General Brett Williams

Why too many technology solutions fall short

Three groups have competing equities in defense IT acquisition, and learning to balance risk among them is the key to success.

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Common-sense techniques to save taxpayer dollars

Basic business concepts such as price transparency can drive big savings. We need to apply them more broadly.

Jaime Gracia

Why past performance must be part of acquisition reform

Past performance is one of the most important factors in contractor selection, and the government should do more to ensure that such information is accurate and objective.

Richard Spires

Program management: The people factor

Other fundamentals matter little if the right team is not in place, but too often key roles go unfilled, writes Richard Spires.

Benjamin Knopf and Brian Gagnon of CEB

Identifying and managing troubled projects

CEB research shows that early problem identification and escalation are crucial to project success, yet the warning signs are all too often overlooked.

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The ABCs of 18F

When GSA announced its in-house development startup, it got people talking, and not all the chatter was positive.

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Obama's management agenda stays the course

The fiscal 2015 budget proposal continues the Obama administration's effort to create a more responsive, agile and dynamic government.

Dan Chenok and John Lainhart of IBM

The key to cost-effective cybersecurity

Leaders need to understand their responsibilities for achieving sound information security and managing IT-related security risks.

Mark Weber

4 key trends that every CIO should watch

The hot topics of 2014 are evolving quickly, and they present challenges and opportunities for federal agencies.

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Involving the C-suite in risk management

Leaders throughout the organization need to join forces to more systematically and proactively address security threats

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