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FCW : April 15, 2013
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, Adam Mazmanian, Camille Tuutti CONTRIBUTING WRITER 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 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 Jef frey 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 Editor'sNote 8 April 15, 2013 FCW.COM 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. A lot has been written --- including by us --- about how dysfunctional the current budget process is and the tremendous strain that the uncertainty puts on agencies. But just when we think the frustration has reached an impossible level, we discover examples of individuals who use the tough times to do something innovative and constructive. To the general public, a continuing resolution doesn t seem too bad, especially one that funds the government for a large chunk of time. However, many people do not realize that one feature of a continuing resolution is that it funds current projects only. So doing anything new when an agency has been working under a continuing resolution for months or years can be challenging. In our cover story on the Defense Department and mobile technology, author Amber Corrin highlights how DOD and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are using pilot projects to test new equipment and devices. Under other circumstances, agencies might be elding large-scale mobile procurements, but instead the current situation allows them to use the cover of a pilot project to test equipment and concepts, such as agile development. The Department of Homeland Security is also making liberal use of the pilot project approach. In addition to the clear advantage of dodging the ban on new projects, it also gets the results into the eld faster because it skips the often-lengthy acquisition process. Clever additions of new projects to current or recently completed pilots could form the building blocks of new procurements. Although we are not advocating that agencies skirt the statutory procurement rules, we do think some creative thinking is required and should be rewarded. With no sign that there will be any change in the appropriations logjam in the near future, the individuals who make lemonade from the rather constant diet of lemons are the ones we want to encourage. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org Making lemonade
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