NextGen air traffic control plan moves ahead despite uncertain funding forecast

Funding is a concern for the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen system, but the program enjoys momentum for now.

Security and data ownership: Old issues in a new wineskin

Security and data center ownership were big issues 15 years ago when the federal government attempted to move agencies to consolidate data centers and share information technology services. Guess what? They still are today.

Telework breathes new life into old idea

Enterprise architecture can provide real value for emerging initiatives such as cloud computing, cyber security and telework.

State looks to consolidate citizen services

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is looking to replace the existing suite of passport and U.S. citizen services systems and develop a new set of information management tools.

CIO Council considers new privacy guidance

People who work with the federal enterprise architecture could soon get additional guidance for building privacy protections into systems.

Navy picks pair for shipboard network support

Contracts are for CANES program, designed to streamline and consolidated Navy information technology networks aboard its ships.

When custom software was king

Custom technology used to be the only option for government agencies, but now commercial products address most needs, experts say.

Maximum benefit

The idea that the operations of government should be driven by the same motive as private enterprise is fallacious on the face of it, but that’s not to say that government agencies should not run more efficiently.


Despite reports of service-oriented architecture's demise, government remains steadfast in its support of the component software framework, especially for the Defense Department's network-centric projects.

6 tech trends government IT managers should be wary of

There are many good information technology innovations, but not all the current fads are good for government IT. Some trends are bad in general, and some are very bad for government IT managers in particular.

Rising Star Anthony Hoang

Hoang smoothed the way for adopting the National Information Exchange Model as a way to improve information sharing across DHS and between the department and its partners in federal, state and local governments. He also persuaded senior executives at DHS and DOD to transition the Maritime Information Exchange Model, a competitor to NIEM, into NIEM.

Kundra: System will give agencies easier access to new technology

A new storefront is designed to let federal agencies buy technology in real time.

Cobol remains old standby at agencies despite showing its age

As mainframe programming language Cobol marks 50 years of service, dedicated government users make plans for keeping the reliable old applications humming along.

VA will use existing technology for new GI bill benefits

An automated system to process veterans’ education benefits won’t become operational until late 2010, VA officials said.

Federal 100 winner: Tom Clark

Clark, the Coast Guard’s network architect and senior network engineer, constructed the Coast Guard’s IT architecture in a way that would transition the agency to the Homeland Security Department’s common IP network, known as OneNet.

Fed 100 winner: David Mayo

Mayo, founder of the Industry Advisory Council’s Enterprise Architecture Shared Interest Group, has for years been a strong proponent of component- and service-based approaches to improve government.