Pointers: Recommended reading

The impact of IT on businesses and their leaders
Source: Andrew McAfee, Harvard Business School.
Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee discusses the ramifications of information technology on organizations and individuals. Although ostensibly focusing on businesses, most of McAfee’s musings might apply equally well to government agencies.

Recent topics include the grand challenges for 21st-century management and the multifaceted impact of social-networking software.

Input enters the blogosphere
Source: Input.
Input, a market research firm based in Vienna, Va., has started a corporate blog focused on trends and developments that shape government/industry relations.

For example, a recent entry discussed the ongoing debates about modernizing the nation’s emergency alert. Other topics from recent weeks include “Booz Allen Splits in Two,” “Are Expectations For Health IT Off the Chart?” and “A Five-Year, $8 Million Health Project Scrapped to Start Fresh.”

Father’s Day potpourri
Source: USA.gov.
The team at USA.gov, the federal government’s Web portal, has compiled a page that highlights statistics, history and gift ideas related to Father’s Day.

Quick facts: The government estimates there are 64.3 million fathers in the United States, with 2.5 million being single fathers and 159,000 being stay-at-home dads.

One more: 30 percent of children younger than six who live with married parents eat breakfast with their fathers every day.

The Gadget Lab
Source: Wired.
Wired’s Gadget Lab blog highlights news and products that rate high in the coolness factor.
Consider the Asus digital photo frame, which can double as a second, albeit small, computer monitor. The frame, which has an 800 x 480 display area, includes a USB port and a slot for a memory card. The product can mirror a primary display in its entirety or just a portion of it.

Other recent entries report on Dell’s new mini laptop PC, a plastic shield that protects a TV screen from a flying Wii remote and the world’s thinnest luxury phone.

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.

  • 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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