Program Management

TechStat: Getting into the weeds of IT management

Federal IT managers better get ready for a more intense discipline of program oversight.

Alan Balutis

Why feds need to get better at studying IT best practices

When it comes to IT, the federal government needs more case studies of successful projects delivered on time and within budget, writes Alan P. Balutis.

Culture change: A squishy topic but a vital one

The success of a new program or policy almost always comes down to creating a culture of trust and inclusion.

Procurement data woes: Public lashings probably won't help

A proposed policy to penalize VA contracting officers might not get the desired results, experts say.

IT reform effort expected to meet most deadlines

The Obama administration is reporting significant advances in implementing its 25-point IT reform plan released last December, but changes that require congressional consent appear to be lagging.

Contracting reform: It comes down to Congress

Inspectors general, auditors and other oversight officials can give recommendations on improvements, but Congress lays down the law.

IT success on a shoestring: 5 tips

Struggling with IT programs on a shrinking budget? One agency CIO has set five priorities for succeeding at IT management in a time of fiscal restraint.

Acquisition officials share tips on communication, transparency

Federal acquisition professionals shared tips for improving communications between program managers and contracting officials at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit.

Budget squeeze: One CIO's story of survival

EPA's new CIO, Malcolm Jackson, proposes five steps to making progress on IT during a time of doing "three things with the same dollars that we used to do two things with."

DOE announces $130M from its Advanced Research Projects Agency

Breakthroughs in biofuels, rare earth alternatives and solar power electronics are just some of the areas DOE will focus on.

OPM has pilot program for online platform for job applicants

The new Assess online platform may eliminate the old "knowledge, skills, abilities" method of sizing up candidates.


Look north for ways to save on IT

The United States could learn from the Canadian government's performance evaluation process for IT hardware, writes Advanced Micro Devices' Rick Indyke.

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