Outlook 2013

2013: The road ahead


Nobody doubts that 2013 is going to be a tough year for the federal government. While Congress managed to avert the January “fiscal cliff,” the deal deferred most budget decisions until new high-stakes deadlines in February, March and April.

Still, there are important policy and technology initiatives under way in the federal government that will continue to unfold, tight funding or not. The increased attention to every dime spent means those initiatives will be subject to more questions and challenges from lawmakers, watchdog groups and the public. Yet they are too crucial to the government’s mission and too integral to its success to be put aside.

Here, FCW examines some of those critical areas and gauges the prospects for real progress in the year ahead. Click the links at right to read the individual stories.


  • Congress
    U.S. Capitol (Photo by M DOGAN / Shutterstock)

    Funding bill clears Congress, heads for president's desk

    The $1.3 trillion spending package passed the House of Representatives on March 22 and the Senate in the early hours of March 23. President Trump is expected to sign the bill, securing government funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

  • 2018 Fed 100

    The 2018 Federal 100

    This year's Fed 100 winners show just how much committed and talented individuals can accomplish in federal IT. Read their profiles to learn more!

  • Census
    How tech can save money for 2020 census

    Trump campaign taps census question as a fund-raising tool

    A fundraising email for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign is trying to get supporters behind a controversial change to the census -- asking respondents whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

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