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  1. Editorial: Getting modernization on track

    The technology is capable, but government needs organizational modernization and robust education across the federal enterprise.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. Annette Rippert is a Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services, where she serves as Technology Strategy Lead with a focus on Emerging Technologies. File

    Citizens are going digital. Where is your agency going?

    Agencies are providing digital platforms for public services, and research shows that is the smart choice.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  3. Andy Ozment is assistant secretary, cybersecurity and communications, at DHS. Getty Images

    Secure development of IT products

    As software becomes more complex, discovering vulnerabilities within these systems also becomes more difficult.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  4. Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM U. S. Federal Government, in Washington DC. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation strategy and defining offerings that combine client mission requirements with IBM products, services, and IBM Research's technology investments. Courtesy Photo

    Raining innovation from the cloud

    The cloud conversation should not stop with infrastructure and consolidation.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  5. Steve Watkins, Editor of Federal Times. Alan Lessig/ / Federal Times

    Editorial: Our cyber posture is still to come

    The U.S. has far to go before it reaches an effective cybersecurity posture.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  6. Beth Cobert is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget.

    Taking steps to improve federal information security

    Editor's note: This post first appeared at In a rapidly changing technological environment, we must have robust procedures, policies and systems in place to protect our nation's most sensitive information.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  7. Gerry Gingrich is a senior professor at the iCollege at the National Defense University, where she specializes in information technology, strategy, and innovation. With 25 years in the federal sector, she is a frequent speaker and writer on cyber leadership and IT-driven change. Courtesy Photo

    To centralize or decentralize?

    After half a century of federal IT, there is no end in sight to a perennial management debate.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. Kshemendra Paul is program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. Mike Morones/Staff

    FBI partnership, fusion centers contribute to info-sharing advances

    ISE's annual update to Congress charts progress across multiple domains.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  9. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    What should the federal CTO do?

    The announcement of the new occupant of the office has reignited an old discussion.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  10. Trippie

    Fail early: A new business model for government

    Failure should not be seen as a negative, if it happens fast enough to forestall an expensive mistake.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  11. Karen S. Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She is a former administrator for e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget. Courtesy Photo

    Don't sacrifice accessibility in move to cloud

    Section 508 compliance remains essential in today's IT environment.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  12. Liz DelNegro is Associate CIO of Acquisition IT systems at GSA. GSA

    GSA improves acquisition with technology

    Editor's Note: This blog post was first published at When you hear the words 'easy' and 'assist,' federal purchasing and technology do not immediately come to mind, but we are working hard to change that perception.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  13. Mikey Dickerson is the administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service.

    Hello, from the Digital Service

    Mikey Dickerson, the head of OMB's new digital unit, sends an update after three weeks.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  14. Kimberley Williams is chief strategist for public sector at Informatica. Williams has over 20 years of implementation, technical sales and marketing experience from enterprise software giants including Curam Software, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Accenture. David Hartcorn

    Is the Internet of Things relevant for the government?

    The value is apparent in the private sector, but the government is struggling to find meaning.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  15. Michael Kushin is senior vice president at CACI International Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience developing secure solutions for the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, and is responsible for delivering cybersecurity solutions at CACI.

    Building resilience in our systems

    Developing redundant capabilities to ensure continuity of operations is nothing new, but now it is essential to include cyber.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  16. Beth Cobert is deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. File

    Delivering a customer-focused government through smarter IT

    Editor's Note: This post was first published at

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Patrick Howard is Program Manager for CDM & CMaaS at Kratos SecureInfo, and is former Chief Information Security Officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Courtesy Photo

    5 ways to make CDM rollout more effective

    As the program moves toward its second phase, agencies need to prepare.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  18. Nitin Pradhan is the former CIO of the US Department of Transportation and the Managing Partner of GOVonomy. Courtesy Photo

    For innovators only: HD cloud desktop video conferencing

    Cloud and security advances have made the technology a better option for feds.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  19. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    Why do runaway systems keep getting funded?

    It might be better to just pull the plug sometimes.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  20. James Cook is Vice President at The MITRE Corporation and the Director of MITRE's Center for Enterprise Modernization. Andy Cleavenger

    Should government be its own integrator?

    The question is likely to start arguments, but there are good reasons for an affirmative answer.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  21. Harry Raduege is Senior Advisor & Director of Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

    Florida makes cybersecurity strides

    When the White House released the Cybersecurity Framework in February, much of the attention around the development and implementation of the Framework, and President Obama's E.O. 13636, was focused on the private sector.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. Nitin Pradhan is the former award winning CIO of the US Department of Transportation and the Managing Partner of GOVonomy, a strategic technology sourcing and Public Private Innovations Initiative for the US public sector. Readers can connect with him on LinkedIn. Courtesy Photo

    IT success: Just what defines it?

    Before you declare a project to be a win, understand what you mean by that.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  23. Bringing the cloud to data that cannot be moved

    Micro-Cloud can help manage data that for reasons of law, security or sheer scale cannot be relocated.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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