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.



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    White House taps old policies for new government makeover

    New guidance from OMB advises agencies to use shared services, GWACs and federal schedules for acquisition, and to leverage IT wherever possible in restructuring plans.

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    It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

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    U.S. Cyber Command should be elevated to a full combatant command as soon as possible, the head of Strategic Command told Congress, but it cannot be separated from the NSA until it has its own cyber platform.

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    DLA goes virtual

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