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New FCW Feature: Help Wanted

Looking for experts who aren’t afraid to argue their point

Do you or someone you know or work with have strong and informed views about an issue important to government IT?

Federal Computer Week is introducing a regular new feature that will give a soapbox for two experts to debate newsworthy and controversial topics relevant to the government IT and management community. The opportunity is open to government employees, industry members, consultants and other experts. Participants will be asked to contribute a written position piece (approximately 500-words) on the topic and will have the opportunity to respond to points raised by the person arguing the opposing viewpoint.

Topics can touch on specific technologies, management approaches and workforce issues. Possibilities include:

  • cloud insecurity – real or overstated?
  • agile development – silver bullet or good only sometimes?
  • consumerization of enterprise IT – no worries or no way?
  • private cloud versus public cloud
  • insourcing versus outsourcing
  • telework – too much or too little?
  • pay for performance
  • FISMA security compliance versus real time monitoring.

Please send any suggestions of experts who would like to participate and topic ideas to FCW Senior Editor John Zyskowski at

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

FCW in Print

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


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    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.

  • Shutterstock image.

    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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