Outlook 2013

 

Nobody doubts that 2013 is going to be a tough year for the federal government. While Congress managed to avert the “fiscal cliff,” the deal deferred most budget decisions until new high-stakes deadlines in February, March and April.

Still, there are important policy and technology initiatives under way in the federal government that will continue to unfold, tight funding or not. The increased attention to every dime spent means those initiatives will be subject to more questions and challenges from lawmakers, watchdog groups and the public. Yet they are too crucial to the government’s mission and too integral to its success to be put aside.

Here, FCW examines some of those critical areas and gauges the prospects for real progress in the year ahead.