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It comes as no surprise to readers of FCW that the federal government buys a lot of IT. The annual spend by agencies on IT is pegged at about $79 billion by the Office of Management and Budget, and this plays out every day on the FedBizOpps.gov website with calls for millions of dollars in software, equipment, and services.

Much of it is commodity stuff. But between the calls for basic enterprise software upgrades, server racks, video screens and handhelds, there are interesting procurements, requests for information and sources sought notices that point to trends in the future of government IT, and preview changes in federal buying patterns.

The Spec, a new blog from FCW, mines FedBizOpps and other sources to peek into the pipeline of federal IT projects. Our coverage here helps to show how agencies' IT wish lists will shape about the future of technology, procurement, national defense, and citizen-facing government services. For example:

So check in several times a week for updates, and please email us with your thoughts about The Spec's coverage. And if you know of an interesting project in the planning stages, please let us know!

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

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    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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