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Editorial: Far more than a facelift

Dec. 15, 2013 - 01:57PM   |  
By STEVE WATKINS Editor   |   Comments

Change can be thrilling. And a wonderful opportunity.

We took on the redesign of Federal Times with this in mind.

It was thrilling to come up with a sleek and modern design and smart new logo. But more than that, we saw this redesign — our first in more than six years — as an exciting opportunity to expand and improve upon the great coverage Federal Times has been delivering for more than 48 years. We also saw it as an opportunity to re-imagine how we deliver that coverage to you. I’ll get to that later.

We continue our pledge to deliver the information you need to advance your agency’s mission, deliver efficiencies and effectiveness, and smartly navigate the federal rules and programs that affect your career, personal finances and retirement plans.

But we aim to expand on that by helping you better navigate the dizzying stream of information, options, opportunities — and, yes, hype — out there about technology and the real role it has in transforming government.

We’ve recently seen from the episode, and numerous disastrous IT projects before that, that technology is too often a misunderstood and mismanaged commodity in the federal sector. Feds would be the first to admit that they face daunting and unique cultural and organizational challenges in applying technology as a transformational tool. We aim to address that problem by placing a heavier emphasis on covering both the successes and failures of technology as it is embraced by federal agencies.

Just as importantly, we will offer a thought-provoking forum of ideas on how federal managers can overcome the challenges they face in delivering a more modern, effective and responsive government.

Key to our new approach is our website,, which we are making the premier platform of our news operation. News moves way too fast to do anything else.

The Federal Times publication will bring you the relevance and context of the news, informing you on what matters and why and where are we going. News will be clearly labeled and stories will be shorter so you can find what you need fast. And we’ve created a host of new feature sections to better organize our content.

We will, of course, be adding more changes in the weeks and months ahead as we continue to perfect these product enhancements, so please keep your eye on Federal Times!

The bottom line is this: We aim to make your experience with Federal Times “time well spent.” I hope you will agree it is.

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