April 9, 2013Underwritten by SAP NS2 As part of 2012’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, six major agencies committed funding “to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize and glean discoveries from huge volumes of data.” The Department of Defense (DoD) is one of the biggest investors, funding $250 million worth of big data projects each year. While most of the funding currently goes toward the development of autonomous systems and improving the situational awareness, the data processing power behind these capabilities could also be leveraged to improve program performance.
March 18, 2013Underwritten by Symantec Though continuous monitoring has been “required” of agencies for several years, many lacked the inventory knowledge of their own systems to be able to implement continuous monitoring effectively. To close the gaps, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking steps to offer continuous monitoring as a service (CMaaS) to all civilian agencies, thereby giving agencies the support services they need to comply with previous mandates.
March 11, 2013Underwritten by F5 As government works to keep up with the mobile revolution, more applications are becoming available on personal devices. While these programs may simplify transactions and potentially decrease costs, they can also make the agency vulnerable to security breaches. One of the biggest threats is social engineering, a process by which a user is tricked into offering up information or access rights.
December 21, 2012Underwritten by NetApp Countless studies have contributed valuable work to the study of presidential transitions, but a large gap exists in the study of incumbent reelections. The Government Business Council (GBC) has combined secondary and primary research gleaned from a survey, expert interviews, and written testimonials to provide federal managers with a thorough guide to surviving a second term transition.
December 14, 2012Underwritten by NetApp Cloud computing has had its breakout moment and has dominated government IT discussion for years. So what's coming next? We spoke to the experts at NIST, and present the next big thing and how it will bring new capabilities across the board.
November 20, 2012Underwritten by Cisco , NetApp , EMC , Verizon and FireEye "Technology is a system based on the application of knowledge, manifested in physical objects and organizational forms for the attainment of specific goals,”according to Rudi Volti, technology expert at Pitzer College. In government, these goals include the support of mission-critical operations, and through research and development, the discovery of new problems needing attention. Thus, technology is always changing, and predicting key trends for the coming year is no easy feat. The Government Business Council (GBC), the research and analysis division of Government Executive Media Group, has accepted this challenge, combing through our own archives and those of our talented editorial teams at Government Executive and Nextgov to track the shift of technology investment in the federal government. Our research has turned up six technologies that will have staying power in 2013 and beyond: big data, data center consolidation, health IT, mobility, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
October 31, 2012Underwritten by Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and Long Term Care Partners, LLC Under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), as long as a federal employee worked 20 to 30 years in government, their benefits were guaranteed, no matter the length of retirement. Since 1983, the federal government has been operating under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which leaves much of the responsibility of retirement planning up to the individual.
October 22, 2012Underwritten by PwC Federal agencies in the coming year will have to deal with ongoing budget cuts, a graying workforce, and potentially sequestration. Training will be a vital component in agency efforts to overcome these challenges.
July 10, 2012Underwritten by NetApp Anyone who has ever asked Siri, Apple’s automated personal assistant, for directions or to make an appointment has used a government big data project. Siri’s debut has coincided with the largest explosion of data in history.To deal with this massive growth, the federal government recently announced investments in big data projects totaling $200 million.These are five of the most of innovative and impactful projects the government is investing in, and how they aim to drive further innovation.
July 2, 2012Underwritten by IBM In 2007, just half of all federal managers reported using performance measurement data in setting program priorities. That percentage was down about ten points from 1997. Both Congress and the White House have recently initiated efforts to spur better collection and use of performance data to improve agency performance.Three areas, agency budgeting and planning, performance evaluations, and regulatory oversight, will undergo the most significant changes in how agencies serve the American people.