Buzz Factor: FCW's most-read stories

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Next battle starts for feds

Story: The fight for the 2012 budget started with a Republican plan that includes a three-year freeze on federal salaries and a 10 percent workforce reduction through attrition.

What's next: The federal workforce won't be off the chopping block anytime soon as lawmakers try to cut spending.

Shutdown threat abates, for now

Story: At the last minute, a budget deal for fiscal 2011 ended the prospect of a government shutdown. But more hazards lie ahead.

What's next: Debates over the federal debt ceiling and the fiscal 2012 budget could easily bring shutdown talk back to the fore.

Agencies score with mobile apps

Story: Agencies are embracing mobile apps and providing information, such as items allowed on airplanes, and emergency alerts.

What's next: There are 31 federal agency mobile apps available and more coming. The public wins on this one.

Feds don't care for punching-bag status

Story: FCW readers sound off on being in the cross-hairs of seemingly every budget-cutting proposal in Congress.

What's next: The perception of federal employment as a risky proposition is already affecting recruiting and retention. Reducing the workforce by 10 percent might not take that long.

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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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