• FAR Reaching Clarity Concerns

    The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council has been asked to rewrite a rule concerning faulty IT products. One of those groups doing the asking is the Information Technology Association of America. Their Vice President of Federal…

  • Save Money by Buying IT Hardware

    Just like private-sector businesses, agencies are trying to squeeze out every last penny from IT budgets. One way is to extend the life of laptop inventories and other IT hardware. But Jack Gold of J.…

  • Sens. Carper, Collins, Lieberman and Voinovich and the VA

    CHEERS To Senators Tom Carper, Susan Collins, Joe Lieberman & George Voinovich for the Information Technology Investment Oversight and Waste Prevention Act of 2009 (pdf). This bill is a first, but important, step in the…

  • What do we learn from failure? 5/04/2009

    John Dewey said failure is instructive—so what can we learn from past complex system acquisitions? And how can we improve the process? When IT procurement requirements are poorly defined acquisitions can run into trouble—with over-charges, under-estimates and countless change orders. When speed matters, getting the up-front requirements right is crucial. To make acquisitions effective, focus on the essentials: clear, concise requirements, consistency, adequate detail, and realistic performance goals—then your chances for a win-win rise dramatically.

  • Washington Technology releases Top 100 list

    More government work is being done by vendors these days, and that’s true across government. But it is particularly true with government technology. The government spends more that $70 billion each year on IT. Each…

  • Agencies face new OMB scrutiny

    Agency chief information officers officers face a new level of scrutiny starting today. The Office of Management and Budget’s IT dashboard makes it clear who is responsible for bringing multi-million dollar IT projects in on…

  • “Old hands”

    July 15th, 2009

    Some of the leading advocates for new technologies are the ”old hands.” One such greybeard is Robert Otto, former Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at the US Postal Service. His former agency is moving some legacy systems to open source. Mr. Otto talks about laying the groundwork for that move, and why other agencies will save money and time by doing the same.

  • Data Center Optimization – Archiving for Optimization

    A recent State of the Data Center Report found that storage needs are growing fastest for e-mail, collaboration data and file archiving. With unstructured information consuming a large percentage of an organization’s storage, it is important to classify data, including information from messaging, file servers and collaborative systems, onto different tiers of cost-effective storage and into an archive. Archiving is critical to storage-tiering practice allowing you to move less-frequently used information from high-cost disk and archive to lower cost storage while maintaining accessibility. Symantec’s archiving solutions automate retention and storage of e-mails, files, instant messages and other unstructured content in accordance with your IT policies. Benefits include reducing your data footprint, improved performance and scalability, greener IT, and increased end-user productivity.

  • DHS CIO Richard Spires, Deputy CIO Margie Graves reviewing IT projects, performance

    February 17th, 2009 Performance is one of the hallmarks of the Obama administration’s IT agenda. Although he’s been on the job for less than six months, Homeland Security Department Chief Information Officer Richard Spires is…

  • Virtually There: The Federal View of Virtualization, Present and Future

    Federal IT managers are under greater pressure than ever before to control costs while increasing energy efficiency and maintaining security. Under the leadership of Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, federal agencies have been tasked with complying with the recent OMB Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, including the adoption of cloud computing and virtualized IT environments. Are agencies following through with these necessary upgrades, or are they falling behind the times? Tune into this panel to hear experts from GTSI, Oracle, and the Government Business Council (GBC), the research division of Government Executive Media Group, discuss the results of a recent in-depth study into the transformation of IT environments at federal agencies.