Simplifying contract terms for commercial items means walking a fine line

Contract language that is intended to simplify business for contractors requires careful analysis, writes Joseph Petrillo, a lawyer at Washington law firm Petrillo and Powell.

Boosting the role of the CAO

The chief acquisition offier's role is a strategic function and not secondary to the roles of his or her C-level counterparts, writes Ron Falcone.

Your turn: Take the FCW challenge

All of the magazine’s editorial pages that week will be devoted to contributions from readers like you.

Steve Kelman

The way to better contracts

Writing performance-based contracts might take longer in the short run, but the long-term benefits are more than worth it, writes Steve Kelman.

Robert Otto

In defense of IT dashboards

It is impossible to manage effectively without the metrics to benchmark and shape performance, writes Robert Otto.

Chris Bronk

3 simple truths about the cloud

Like all good marketing campaigns, the cloud is more of a concept than a reality, writes Chris Bronk.

Bill Gormley

Strategic sourcing: A good idea but...

Despite some success, the ultimate goal of strategic sourcing seems to have gotten lost, writes Bill Gormley.

4 Facebook lessons from DOD

Agencies need to learn some rules of the road before jumping into social media, writes communications consultant Fred Wellman.

Coming to terms with FaceSpace

The defining question for any CIO today is whether they allow their employees to access the latest, greatest hits of Web 2.0.

Keep your contracting staff in the loop

Program managers do themselves a favor when they include contracting experts early in the process, writes Steve Kelman.

Nobel Prize-worthy economic theory has lessons worth learning for federal IT

An award-winning economic theory offers insight into three important federal IT trends, Warren Suss writes.

Tear down self-imposed, bureaucratic hurdles to trust

If the Justice Department's new information-sharing tool works, law enforcement agencies will be able to solve cases ranging from electronic fraud to terrorism, writes Chris Bronk.

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