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The most-read stories on FCW.com for the past two weeks

10 gov Web apps that get results
SUMMARY: We surveyed government-developed applications that work well.
OUTLOOK: Feds are starting to get the hang of developing tools for interacting with the public.

Group takes aim at feds, suggests $47 billion in pay cuts
SUMMARY: The conservative Heritage Foundation wants to slash federal salaries.
OUTLOOK: So far, it's just one group's opinion, but watch to see if anyone in Congress takes up the charge.

Do managers have good reasons for opposing telework?
SUMMARY: Many managers are reluctant to embrace telework, and some have pretty sound arguments.
OUTLOOK: Based on the range of reader comments our blog post garnered, this is Topic A for many feds.

More feds may telework, House says
SUMMARY: Legislation that expands the number of federal employees eligible for telework moves closer to becoming law.
OUTLOOK: The momentum is clearly on the side of telework. Now comes the hard part.

The first affliction of the federal workforce: Low expectations
SUMMARY: A theme of FCW commenters is that the federal workplace often doesn't expect — nor get — much out of employees.
OUTLOOK: Paradoxically, if expectations are raised, more frustration might follow.

FLITE cancellation: VA pulls plug on modernization effort
SUMMARY: CIO Roger Baker cancels a $500 million project to free up funding for more pressing needs.
OUTLOOK: New uses of the funds include upgrading VA's patient records and veterans' benefits systems.

Would-be federal teleworkers raise their voices
SUMMARY: In the ongoing struggle between employees and some managers for greater telework freedom, a simple question posed on an online forum can cause an outpouring of passionate response.
OUTLOOK: The people want freedom.

DHS to take FISMA lead
SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Department will take primary responsibility in the executive branch for the operational aspects of securing federal civilian agency systems covered by FISMA.
OUTLOOK: FISMA has been around since 2002 and shows no signs of fading away, but its shape changes periodically. This development will reshape FISMA's management scheme.

 

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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