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FCW : January 2013
be at the heart of new congressional initiatives," which could spur further activity by the executive branch. In 2013, big data is likely to be the focal point of data analyt- ics efforts. Rich Campbell, chief technologist at EMC Federal, said opportunities will abound for agencies to improve on the data they already have. He expects some agencies to hire data scientists and potentially chief data of cers as big data transitions from a buzzword to an emerging technology that could push aside traditional database models. More predictive analysis tools will be used in homeland security, health care, nance and law enforcement in response to the big-data movement, said Mark Cohn, chief technology of cer at Unisys Federal Systems. He foresees technologies evolving "with much bigger systems and better performance around unstructured data." "We will see a tenfold improvement with other approaches that go beyond Hadoop," Cohn said. Dante Ricci, director of federal innovation at SAP, said agencies will begin to unlock the value in their mammoth stores of data. "For a while with big data, it was volume, velocity and variety, but now a lot of organizations are trying to marry those Vs with veracity and value," Ricci said. "It s not just about the data you have, it s about getting something of value out of it." Aubrey Vaughan, managing director of the public sector at Oversight Systems, said agencies so far have only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg for big data s potential, but added that outdated policies could act as roadblocks to new technolo- gies that could ultimately save taxpayers billions in areas such as transactional analytics. ACQUISITION OLD TOOLS GET A NEW LOOK Everything old is new again in acquisition. Many tools that are likely to help improve the system in 2013 have been sitting in agencies arsenals for years, often unused. Yet as of cials continue their hunt for the least expensive ways to manage increasing workloads, there is ample reason to reconsider. Strategic sourcing began to re-emerge in 2012, and the trend will continue through the new year. Based on the principle of volume buying for lower prices, it can lead to signi cant savings, but agencies have not been using the technique well. OMB pushed for its use in 2005 to little avail, and the Obama administration renewed the call in a memo released Dec. 5, 2012. "This is a doubling-down or a continuation of some best practices we ve seen in this area," said Joe Jordan, adminis- trator of the Of ce of Federal Procurement Policy. Experts believe agencies might take the call more seri- ously this time because the need to save money has become paramount. In the past, "agencies have de nitely pushed back because everyone feels like they re a little different" and, therefore, not able to combine purchases as strategic sourcing requires, said Robert Burton, a partner at Venable law rm and former deputy administrator of OFPP. Fewer resources and more demand will overshadow those differences. "The government will undoubtedly move toward more strategic sourcing, but it will take a while," said Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. "Cutting across agencies is a big bite of the apple when most of the govern- No budget? Welcome to the 'new normal.' When the House and Senate nally voted on Jan. 1 to extend most tax cuts and postpone sequestration, 2012 s long run-up to the scal cliff was replaced with a series of smaller but still criti- cal budgetary deadlines in 2013. Leaders now have until March 1 to avert the cuts of 8 percent to 10 percent that would hit most agencies. Furloughs or full- blown shutdowns could come even sooner if the debt ceiling is not raised by mid-February. Furthermore, the resolution that currently funds agencies expires on March 27 --- leaving little time for Con- gress to appropriate money for the remainder of scal 2013. (See "Back Story," Page 34, for more details.) New Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who voted against the Jan. 1 stopgap, said it was time to get serious about a grand bargain. "My hope is that...the next time there s a serious effort to put together a budget deal, both sides will stay at the table and seize the opportunity to make the hard choices." Federal budget expert Stan Collender, however, told FCW that Carper could be waiting a long time. "People keep asking, When are we going to get back to nor- mal? " said Collender, a former congressional budget staffer who is now national director of nancial communications at Qorvis. "This is the new normal. We ve had four years of ad hoc decision- making, and that s not going away anytime soon." For federal managers, he added, "this is especially hard. They will be held accountable for the projects and programs they re supposed to run, but they re not being given the information they need to manage." Not only is a return to the traditional appropriations process unlikely, Collender said, incremental deals could revise previously approved spending levels. "As a manager, you will have to be adjusting to that on y," he said. "Whether that means spending more or spending less on short notice, that s not easy." --- Troy K. Schneider 2013 OUTLOOK APPROPRIATIONS