Government Technology Year in Review 2012

Today, technology is a critical component to transform and modernize government to truly create a 21st century government. For our year-end report, the GovLoop team set out to explore what technology trends shaped 2012 to help agencies meet organizational goals. The report also includes best practices, case studies, and identifies which trends will shape government technology in 2013.

The report below includes a survey from 250 members of the GovLoop community, and interviews with Bernie Mazer, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior, Jim Ropelewski, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education, Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA and Malcolm Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency. Be sure to check out the entire report below and related resources on the guide landing page.


Over the next few weeks, the GovLoop team will be exploring this report and providing an overview of all our great technology related resources on GovLoop. Below you will find the Executive Summary and links to specific sections of the report. Stay tuned here on GovLoop, as over the next few weeks we will be rolling out year end reviews and identifying some of the top technology resources on GovLoop. If you have any questions on the report, please feel free to shoot me an email ([email protected]) or leave a comment below.

Executive Summary

2012 has been an exciting year for government technology, everything from Todd Park becoming the Federal CTO, the release of the Digital Government Strategy, FedRAMP launching, the White House Innovation Fellows Program, and countless examples of mobile application development, open data initiatives, and cloud adoption.

In this report, GovLoop set out to perform a year in review of government technology, identifying the core trends, themes and what to anticipate for 2013. The GovLoop team wanted to stay true to our mission at GovLoop of sharing knowledge and resources to empower government employees. With that said, not only did we want to identify and tell great case studies of government work in 2012, we also wanted to facilitate the sharing resources, best practices, ideas and solutions to improve how government operates. We believe this report not only will highlight some of the best case studies for 2012 and technology initiatives, but also encourages the government community to share ideas and work collaboratively to improve the way that government functions.

In late September 2012 GovLoop ran a survey asking our community for their insights to top technology trends in 2012. The survey had 250 respondents from the government community. Further, GovLoop reached out to key thought leaders in government for their expert insights. This report contains comments from the following leaders in government:

  • Bernie Mazer, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior
  • Jim Ropelewski, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education
  • Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA
  • Malcolm Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency

Our report continues with overviews of five core trends in government technology in 2012, mobile, big data, cloud adoption, agile methodology, and social media. Each trend is highlighted within this guide and identifies best practices, common challenges, and top case studies from 2012.

In 2012 we saw incredible innovations from government. GovLoop wants to thank the innovators, front line staff, leaders and agency heads working hard to improve how services are delivered to citizens. In times when budgets are constantly tightening, demand is increasing, and the mantra is to do more with less, government leaders are challenged like never before to implement new technology to facilitate cost savings, efficiencies, and improved reliability. Technology has become essential to meeting organizational objectives. As such, this report should serve as a roadmap to help you tackle some of your agencies most pressing challenges and provide a year in review for government technology in 2012, and what to expect in 2013.

Be sure to check out GovLoop.com for more technology related resources, and to join the conversation and collaborate with peers. If you have any questions about this report, please feel free to reach out to Pat Fiorenza, GovLoop Research Analyst at [email protected]

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