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Are Budget Pressures Affecting DoD's Readiness?

September 12, 2013 Budget shortfalls are putting pressure on the Defense Department to find savings in all areas, including the maintenance of the DoD’s assets and technologies. Defense assets are costly to operate and maintain. Even a small delay in detecting a problem can result in an unexpectedly large repair bill, and unplanned downtime has significant consequences for the operational performance of DoD’s systems.

Knowing Where to Look: Identifying and Implementing Shared Services

September 4, 2013 In a recent Government Business Council survey of 300 federal managers, just 44 percent of respondents indicated that their agencies are really “shared-first.” Identifying which services should be moved to a shared model and finding existing providers are among the top challenges facing today’s federal leaders.

More than a Hashtag: Using Social Media to Achieve Mission Goals

August 29, 2013 Today, federal agencies face significant challenges in increasing their operational effectiveness while reducing costs. The explosive growth of social media creates both greater challenges and significant opportunities for federal agencies and service branches.

Ensuring Application Security in a Mobile World

August 27, 2013 As mobility becomes a top priority on the federal technologist's agenda, many agencies are developing mobile apps to better serve their customers. However, security concerns can slow agency momentum toward mobile computing.

Leveraging Defense Community Resources for the Next Generation of Threats

August 21, 2013 The Defense Industrial Base comprises more than 100,000 companies and subcontractors who work alongside DoD to secure critical systems against intrusions. But with slashed defense budgets, federal and corporate plans for protecting the U.S. cyber infrastructure are subject to serious alterations.

High-Wire Act: Balancing Mission Goals with Workforce Constraints

August 15, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created a set of guiding principles designed to help manage agency needs while maintaining mission effectiveness. This guidance requires agencies to not just consider budgeting effects of workforce size, but also the risks associated with contract labor and workforce capabilities.

Assessing Cyber Research and Development: What Progress Has Been Made and What Are the New Priorities?

July 25, 2013 In December 2011, the White House released a report entitled Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program, guiding federal R&D spending and priorities in cybersecurity. A year and a half later and in light of recent high-profile hackings and security breaches, how is federal cybersecurity research and development progressing?

Emergency Planning: Developing Your COOP Strategy for Essential Operations

June 27, 2013 Each agency has unqiue threats it must prepare for; however, as federal data moves to cloud, all agencies must take data into consideration in their COOP planning. From maintaining lines of communication, to ensuring access to information and its security, COOP plans are critical to national security and safety in times of distress.

Digital Government Success: Meeting the Call for 21st Century Government

June 26, 2013 Today’s government customer, whether constituent or stakeholder, is increasingly mobile and digital savvy, and holds high expectations for smart, secure and effective online services. The effect on agency mission accomplishment is profound, and the pressures are compounding for leadership and program managers to have digital, information-centric and mobile-first thinking as service delivery strategies evolve.

Meeting the Network Needs of Tomorrow With the Budgets of Today

June 25, 2013 As federal agencies seek to meet rising performance demands while facing budgetary pressure, they are focusing on 3 key areas -- adopting emerging technologies; optimizing procurement; and fueling innovation.