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Uncovering the Why: How Human Information Can Improve Agency Decision-Making

November 12, 2012Underwritten by arrow Thousands of decisions are made by employees at all levels of government, but the tools decision makers need have not kept up with the times. Spreadsheets and databases cannot handle all types of data, so potential issues regularly go unnoticed. To find the origins of a problem, organizations often have to delve into unstructured data or “human information” to find out who knew what, when and where.

Cutting costs: Inside the effort to improve the efficiency of federal operations

October 9, 2012Underwritten by arrow Competing priorities are slowing down federal government efficiency. Just 29 percent of federal managers surveyed give high marks to the efficiency of their agency and 16 percent say the same about the federal government as a whole. In this research report, GBC identified eight federal cost areas— payments, oversight and compliance, property management, redundancy, contract resource management, technology, workforce, and acquisitions and procurement—and asked federal managers surveyed to rank their efficiency. Read on to learn: -Which cost areas contribute most to federal inefficiency -What is the top challenge when it comes to reducing inefficiency -Which steps pose the largest obstacles for managers in cutting costs -How agencies are overcoming these challenges and completing successful cost reduction initiatives

3 Sequestration Survival Strategies

October 3, 2012Underwritten by arrow As the November presidential election nears, it seems increasingly unlikely that lawmakers will come to a consensus on how to reduce government spending. Such indecision would put the sequestration clause into effect. Are you prepared for sequestration? Here are 3 survival strategies to help you navigate the road ahead.

Your Agency’s Information: There When You Need It?

September 17, 2012Underwritten by arrow Agencies are generating more and more information, but is it readily available when you need it? Can it be searched, indexed and shared across agency borders to fill FOIA requests and inform decision-making? Managers indicate that information management is essential or important to agency operations, but current information management systems (IMS) receive a grade of “C” by federal managers. How can managers improve information management government-wide?

Walking Before Running: The Case for Applications Modernization

August 30, 2012Underwritten by arrow Federal agencies are currently supported by a vast network of application dinosaurs that are swallowing up IT budgets. Modernizing applications seems daunting, but with a little investment, old but vital applications can be saved and modernized for a new tour of duty.

Lean and Mean: Next Generation IT for the Intelligence Community

August 23, 2012Underwritten by arrow The intelligence budget is shrinking, fast. But the missions and expectations for the intelligence community continue to grow. National Security Director James Clapper believes that capacities can be maintained in spite of shrinking budgets by investing in new IT solutions. If Director Clapper’s vision is to come true, new IT solutions will have to embody five key characteristics, as outlined by DIA Chief Technology Officer Grant Schneider.

BYOD: Moving Mobility Forward

August 21, 2012Underwritten by and arrow The benefits of mobility are widely understood, but Executive Order 13589 is limiting the number of devices that can be issued to individual employees. As a result, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are spreading across government, allowing federal employees to use personal devices for work. BYOD is a hotly debated issue due to its great benefits and perceived challenges.

The Missing Link in Hiring Reform - Finding Top Talent

August 15, 2012Underwritten by arrow During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Department of Defense (DoD) underwent its largest growth period since the Vietnam War. Now, the DoD hiring paradigm has again shifted. It is no longer about finding enough people to support a war effort, but rather about finding the right people to manage a smaller, leaner effort.

4 Cyber Threats Your Agency is Overlooking in 2013 (And Why You Need to Address Them Now)

August 10, 2012arrow Cyber attacks represent the next frontier of both crime and warfare. Agencies are dealing with increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks that are growing at an alarming rate. In all the commotion to counter cyber attacks, however, some threats are being overlooked.