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What’s your contracting legacy?

What’s your contracting legacy?

Federal managers, especially those involved in procurements, say that they want to have a lasting impact and leave their organizations better off than before they came. Most start out with grand plans, an open mind, and a real desire to make positive changes.

But then something happens… The change is much harder than they realized, or they come to understand that their organization is more interested in avoiding trouble than making things better. They may start to implement a new system, but when it doesn’t really achieve the goal, and it becomes more trouble than it was worth, they give it a rest. Or the whole process is just too burdensome to begin in the first place. So risk aversion becomes the goal, not transformation. Managers become discouraged, hold the line, and fire up the retirement clock to count the days.

But what if you really could have an impact?

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12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

In the rush to the cloud over the last three years, most agencies have tempered their desires and excitement because of security concerns. Agency chief information officers have struggled to satisfactorily answer a number of questions regarding data ownership and protection, and how do the existing cross-agency cyber initiatives fit into the cloud structure.

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Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

Via FederalNewsRadio.com by Jack Moore

For the first time federal agencies are expected to spend less on information technology in the current year than they did the year before. But that doesn’t mean agencies are necessarily scaling back their capabilities. Despite technology’s receding top line, agency chief information offices aren’t thinking smaller when it comes it IT — they’re thinking smarter.

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GAO finds motifs in successful IT projects

GAO finds motifs in successful IT projects

Via Federal technology news and events by Scott Maucione

A Government Accountability Office study released Nov. 14 examined seven successfully acquired government IT investments and found certain concepts used in at least three of the acquisitions.

The common factors found in successful projects included program officials being actively engaged with stakeholders, which garnered use by all seven projects. Surprisingly, only three of the projects reported receiving sufficient funding.

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Are governments ready for the cloud?

Via FutureGov by Reinhard Posch

Governments are among the biggest ICT users with huge scalability and reliability demands. They are under constant cost reduction pressure in austerity times. Can cloud computing address these challenges and provide opportunities to improve public administration?

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IT Procurement Reform Comes with a Price Tag: $145 Million

IT Procurement Reform Comes with a Price Tag: $145 Million

Via nextgov.com by Katherine McIntire Peters

A bipartisan bill aimed at reforming the way agencies buy information technology would cost $145 million to implement through 2018, the Congressional Budget Office has determined.

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IT Industry Council suddenly becomes a player in acquisition policy

Via FederalNewsRadio.com by Jason Miller

The Information Technology Industry Council made a big splash in the federal community Tuesday by adding muscle to its lobbying and policy efforts.

ITIC grabbed four top executives from a rival association and launched a new public sector practice.

TechAmerica lost in one fell swoop Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president global public sector; Erica McCann, manager of procurement policy; Carol Henton, vice president of state and local government division; and Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security. All four took similar roles with ITIC’s new IT Alliance for Public Sector organization, which will focus on technology and acquisition issues.

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Interior CIO: More certified cloud vendors needed

Interior CIO: More certified cloud vendors needed

Via Federal Times by Andy Medici

Not enough companies are being certified to provide cloud services for federal agencies, a federal chief information officer said Monday.

“At the current rate we are moving activities into the cloud, we are going to need more authorized service providers,” said the Interior Department’s CIO, Bernie Mazer.

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Which model do you prefer?

Which model do you prefer?

Suppose there is a software application that is critical to the effective performance of your job’s requirements.

Suppose that application is accessed via a web browser.

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10 Ways Government Clouds Have Changed This Year – Government

Via InformationWeek by Kevin L. Jackson

In December 2012, Cary Landis and I made 10 predictions about how cloud computing was likely to evolve this year and how those changes were likely to impact enterprise computing. But things are moving fast in the world of cloud computing, reaffirming some of those predictions and altering others.

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