November 6, 2013 At the start of 2014 open season, join government healthcare expert Walt Francis, author of the annual CHECKBOOK's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, as he explains the details of available insurance plans, answers your questions about your 2014 federal health care options, and helps you make more-informed decisions about your coverage.
November 6, 2013 Though some federal agencies have made progress in shared service adoption and at least nine federal shared service providers (FSSPs) have emerged across various lines of business, widespread concerns over the implications of shared services are slowing further implementation of the 2012 Federal IT Shared Services Strategy.
September 18, 2013 The promised benefits of the cloud are clear, and government mandates are pushing you to make the move. But, the complexity and security of putting together a self-service, hybrid cloud that spans resources in your datacenter and those rented from public cloud providers can be overwhelming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.