Agencies have taken admirable, if cautious, steps to modernize their IT, but wholesale change is needed. Proposed budget cuts just might force that to happen.
There are serious obstacles to moving air traffic operations away from the FAA, despite calls to do so in the president's budget.
Grants will likely require sharped mission and performance, with many of the funding decisions devolving to the states.
Steve Kelman digs into the administration's budget blueprint, and finds clear signs of continuity for improving government management.
The FAA has NextGen DataComm capabilities working at some of the busiest airports in the U.S., but the White House proposes shifting air traffic control to a private entity, which some say could blunt the effort.
Without confirmed subcabinet officials, President Donald Trump's executive order calling for a federal government reorganization will be managed by agency chiefs and career executives.
As promised, a budget blueprint from the Trump administration prioritizes military and homeland security spending, and pays for increases with dramatic cuts to civilian agencies.
As Trump's budget proposal points to policy priorities, these tech issues are sure to shape government's operational agenda.
Protecting federal networks and data, followed by protecting critical infrastructure, are the Trump administration's cyber priorities, the homeland security advisor says.
Defense agency contract obligations for IT and telecom services dipped over the last five years under the Budget Control Act, even as civilian side obligations held steady.
Inspectors general fear that budget cuts could force agencies to choose between spending on program operations and cybersecurity.
The House Appropriations Committee has introduced the final $578 billion defense spending bill for the remainder of FY2017. It's an $11 billion increase over 2016, but far short of what defense hawks say is needed going forward.
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