Opinion


Alan Balutis

Saying goodbye to colleagues

The government community and the public lost several inspirational leaders this past winter, writes Alan Balutis.

Rising to the challenge of mapping health data

Brand Niemann offers inspiration and tips for analyzing and integrating the reams of health data available online.

Getting government datasets to talk the same language

Brand Niemann explains how and why we should make data universally accessible on the Semantic Web.

How to move from datasets to data services

Brand Niemann challenges agencies to follow the data science approach and make all their data available for filtering and downloading in three easy clicks.

Mark Madsen

5 steps to effective Gov 2.0 initiatives

Consultant Mark Madsen shows agencies how to turn social media into a powerful tool that can support larger organizational goals.

Brand Niemann

Empower feds to take on the cloud

Making federal cloud computing a reality could be as simple as letting government workers do their own IT, writes Brand Niemann.

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.