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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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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