FCW digital edition now available
As 2012 draws to a close, feds could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief and thinking, 'Good riddance!'
It was another year of frozen salaries and no budgets, making recruitment difficult and planning impossible. Until Nov. 6, there was a near-daily stream of stump speeches from politicians promising to slash spending further and often accusing agencies of waste, sloth or worse. And even now, with just days remaining in the year, there is no deal in sight to avert the across-the-board cuts that are universally seen as bad policy and that Congress and the president gave themselves 17 months to avoid.
In the December issue of FCW -- available here as a digital edition -- we cast a quick glance backward but focus mainly on what to expect in the months to come. Camille Tuutti explains what lessons insiders are taking away from the year's most memorable cybersecurity developments. Brian Robinson finds that the BYOD trend, while potentially transformative for agencies, is not quite as inevitable as many suggest. H.B. Hatter explores the opportunities that commercial 4G is beginning to make possible. In an excerpt from their new e-book, former FCC officials Reed Hundt and Blair Levin make a case for federal technology as a catalyst for economic growth and better government.
And in this issue's cover story, Richard E. Cohen, FCW's newest contributing writer and a longtime chronicler of Capitol Hill, profiles House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. The California congressman has often brought an adversarial tone to his oversight of agency operations, but he is also a technophile who has big ideas -- and possibly bipartisan support -- for federal IT reform.
The year was not all bad, of course. Headway was made on some initiatives, and countless agency executives continued to innovate despite budget questions and other obstacles. (Reminder: Make sure those individuals get the recognition they deserve. Nominate them for the Federal 100 by Dec. 31.)
On balance, we are looking forward to 2013. Even budget crises can be turned into opportunities, and at least there won't be any campaign ads.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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