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FCW : March 15, 2013
Editor'sNote It is not unusual for an administration to see turnover in key personnel at the end of the rst term. Government jobs are demanding and exhausting, and four years is often all some individuals can manage. They are attracted by new challenges and often by the dramatically higher compensation available in the private sector. Yet there are signs that vacancies could be worse this time around --- if not at the secretary level, then in the executive of ces one rung lower. At least six agencies have open CIO slots or acting CIOs in place, and most observers expect that number to increase. The Department of Veterans Affairs lost its CIO, CTO and CISO --- all in a matter of weeks. In today s environment, lling those positions might be a long and dif cult process. Much has been written already about congressional dysfunction, but it bears repeating: The endless budget strife has made government a far less appealing employer. For many in government service, there has long been a trade-off: lower pay but more stability than the private sector. Now, the key part of that trade-off is at risk. The Defense Department had issued furlough warnings as FCW went to press, and other agencies are following suit. And the continuing resolution must be extended by March 27 or a government shutdown would kill projects and slash paychecks for virtually everyone. How can we attract anyone, let alone the truly talented, to government service under these conditions? Uncle Sam wants to build his corps of cyber warriors, yet it s hard to see that happening in this environment. DOD wants to add hundreds of thousands of acquisition professionals, but who wants to take a job where there are planned, unpaid furloughs? Many dedicated executives stay in government and do their best because they believe in the mission, and some do so because they are trapped midcareer with too much time invested to think about leaving. But if we are to build the kind of leadership that will really transform government into an agile, innovative force, then we are going to have to nd a way to compensate those leaders both fairly and reliably. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org Would you take a government job? March 15, 2013 FCW.COM 5 FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy SENIOR WRITER Matthew Weigelt STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Camille Tuutti CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, John Moore, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNERS Biswarup Bhattacharjee, Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL INTERN Emily L. Cole PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jeffrey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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