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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?

Modernization as a Service: Acquiring IT through Innovative Procurement

September 10, 2012Underwritten by arrow Today’s procurement officers face a difficult task. Aging systems and government-wide mandates, such as the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, demand the modernization of IT systems, but dwindling budgets limit the ability to undertake new investments.

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.

An Ambitious Agenda: Defense and Data Center Consolidation

July 26, 2012Underwritten by arrow All government agencies are tasked with an unfunded mandate to consolidate data centers, but the Department of Defense (DoD) faces the biggest challenge: out of the federal government’s 3122 data centers, DoD owns more than 772, or 25 percent. Some of these data centers use less than two percent of their server capacity and very few are reused internally or across agencies when no longer needed. Though some progress has been made to merge or eliminate under-utilized centers, DoD has set ambitious goals have been set for the near future. Read this GBC report to learn: -What progress the DoD has made in data center consolidation -How independent policies and isolated technical systems pose problems for consolidation -How the DoD can meet its consolidation goals despite shrinking IT budgets

Tidying Up: What Reorganization Can Do For Federal Agencies

July 25, 2012Underwritten by arrow Driven by budgetary constraints and Administrative priorities, federal managers are considering reorganization to increase effectiveness at the agency and program levels. Reorganization of any kind can complicate daily operations and generate uncertainty among the workforce, creating difficulties for today’s federal manager. In this industry insights report, GBC assesses the attitudes and knowledge of federal employees regarding potential reorganizations and consolidations.

Health Information Exchange: Improving the Bottom Line, Better Patient Care

July 17, 2012Underwritten by arrow The U.S. banking, post-secondary education, and law enforcement sectors all take advantage of a shared network of electronic records, but the healthcare sector has yet to follow suit. Why is a health information exchange strategy so important? By connecting various sources of medical records, a system of health information exchange (HIE) can improve public health outcomes and reduce redundant spending. Read on to learn: • How expanding access to data can improve citizen services • What HIE data can do for biosurveillance and disease prevention • How the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Initiative is improving military healthcare • Which agencies are leveraging HIE data to reduce waste, fraud and abuse.