Weekly Round-up: October 26, 2012

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

BYOD and Telework. There is overlap between BYOD and telework, as both rely on technology–both hardware and software–to afford people flexbility of space. Both also ensure that work and personal time will not be as clearly delineated as in ages past. Getting policies right will be one of the key tasks both for government and private sector organizations in the next four years. This week saw a flurry of articles that explore different facets of this issue:

Dan Chenok

John Kamensky

  • Are Stretch Goals a Good Idea? Federal Computer Week’s Matthew Weigelt reports on a George Washington University panel, where “OMB’s Shelley Metzenbaum, says the chief value of stretch goals is to improve performance through ambitious effort, not necessarily to meet the goal in every detail.”
  • Government Printing Office Goes Paperless? Government Executive’s Joseph Marks writes that the Government Printing Office’s new five-year strategic plan says that “its future plans will focus on making government content more easily available online through e-books, mobile-optimized websites and application programming interfaces that stream content onto third-party websites.”
  • Portfolio Stat Approach Saves Billions. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports: “Six months after launching PorfolioStat, the Office of Management and Budget is estimating the concept will help agencies save $2.5 billion over the next three years.” These savings will occur as a result of reduced spending for commodity IT items, such as joint purchases on mainframes and servers.
  • Challenges and Contests Galore. GSA’s Karen Trebon writes that various agencies are launching challenges and competitions, such as the FCC’s contest to identify the best way to block robocalls. In case you are thinking of launching a challenge contest, a recent IBM Center report identifies best practices and advice on how to do it.

Michael Keegan

  • 10 key technologies for 2013
    Gartner presented its list of 10 strategic technology trends for 2013 at its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this week. The IT research firm defines a “strategic technology” as one likely to have a significant impact in the enterprise over the next three years, whether that impact be “a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt,” Gartner officials said.
  • White House holds back on sequester details
    There’s a funny thing happening at federal agencies. When it comes to the details of the looming $1.2 trillion cut to their budgets, agency officials find themselves unable to explain just how those cuts would affect myriad programs on the ground. Instead, they have a unified message: talk to the Office of Management and Budget.
  • A toxic work environment threatens acquisition personnel gains
    What is the current status of the federal acquisition workforce? Have the actions taken over the past four years helped to address the pressures caused by insufficient personnel and an increased workload? What are the current stress points?
  • Cyber insecurity: Managing against the risk
    Risk management has been part of IT security from Day One, but has often taken a backseat to aggressive zero-tolerance policies that sought to raise impenetrable barriers to security threats. Now we know better.
  • Cyber progress fueled by agency brass recognition
    To really understand how far agencies have come over the past six years in understanding the risks to their computers and networks, look no further than the attention it receives from senior federal officials.
  • A 21st-century approach to democratizing data

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