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America’s Bridges Are at Risk and Here’s Why

September 10, 2014 It’s now been over seven years since Minneapolis’s I-35W Mississippi River bridge suddenly collapsed in August 2007, killing 13 people and injuring another 145 in the midst of rush hour traffic. Yet, despite the tragedy’s widespread publicity and media coverage, it’s unclear whether meaningful changes have been made since then ...

Cloud Cover: Protecting Networks With Built-In Cybersecurity

August 26, 2014 Despite mandates to standardize data, expand mobility initiatives, and defend IT systems from attack, technology budgets have been cut overall for the next fiscal year. Cloud computing is increasingly viewed as a solution to the challenges of a difficult budget environment, but it can also be a powerful tool for ...

What's in Store for Obama's New Digital Team?

August 20, 2014 Last week, the White House announced the establishment of a new U.S. Digital Service (USDS), a team of digital experts tasked with working with federal agencies to improve government digital efforts and service delivery. Led by Mikey Dickerson, a former Google employee who garnered attention after he fixed the rollout ...

Ebola Tracking and Zombie Stars: 4 Cool Ways Government is Embracing Social Media

August 13, 2014 Forget the Uncle Sam posters and Smokey the Bear TV spots: today’s federal agencies have long shifted citizen and customer engagement efforts to online social media. Many government agencies first made the initial jump to Twitter and Facebook in 2009, when President Obama started applying the digital successes of his ...

Digital Government 2014: The Two-Year Progress Report

August 6, 2014 In the two years since the Obama Administration launched the Digital Government Strategy, agencies have made significant strides to improve digital services in four major strategy areas: information-centric, shared platform, customer-centric, and security and privacy. Yet why do federal leaders still give an average C+ rating to their agency's digital ...

Why Are Bid Protests Up 83% From 2006 Levels?

July 29, 2014 First utilized in the 1920s to resolve contract disputes regarding construction of the Panama Canal, government contract bid protests were designed to add accountability to the federal procurement system. The protests, which are managed by a staff of about 30 within the Government Accountability Office (GAO), function as a check-and-balance ...

Knowledge Is Power: Using Video to Close Skill Gaps

July 29, 2014 Nearly one third of workers in the federal workforce will be eligible to retire by 2017, taking with them years of experience and valuable institutional knowledge. As government skills gaps loom on the horizon, video content management may be a way in which agencies can retain and pass on information ...

Making Mobile Manageable: Secure Mobility for the Enterprise

July 29, 2014 Mobile initiatives including BYOD and telework are changing the federal technology landscape, and as a result IT managers are being asked to support, manage, and secure a broader range of devices than ever before. While greater mobility promises greater collaboration, convenience, and efficiency, it also can pose challenges as agencies ...

Unifying Communications for a More Connected Government

June 24, 2014 As a plethora of communications technologies continue emerging, it is more important than ever that government agencies consider how to provide better flexibility for users now connected through video, telephony, social media, and an increasing array of mediums. By shifting from a device-centric to a user-centric model of Unified Communications, ...

4 Telework Tips for Federal Managers

June 11, 2014 With nearly half of all federal government employees now eligible to telework, what can managers do to be most effective in leading their teams -- regardless of location? During a recent panel discussion at Excellence in Government 2014, Government Executive’s Frank Konkel moderated a session with federal telework gurus Malena ...