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FCW : July 30, 2013
Editor'sNote The human side of the sequester came into full focus this month as more than 650,000 Defense Department employees began taking one furlough day each week. The Pentagon was not the rst to furlough --- four agencies shut down almost entirely one Friday in late May, and others have had rolling furloughs since. But DOD's "days off" take lost productivity to a new level. The furloughs are bad enough for the projects and of ces being denied adequate staff and for the individuals getting hit with 20 percent pay cuts for July, August and September. But the long- feared effects of sequestration are not the half of it. We are now nine and a half weeks away from the beginning of scal 2014, and once again there are few, if any, appropriations in sight. The lack of real agency budgets is not new, and scal 2014 could even have a silver lining or two: The Budget Control Act required across-the-board cuts for scal 2013 only. Come Oct. 1, agencies might be able to trim more intelligently and even use the spending pressures to force important changes that might otherwise never get traction. Then again, Congress could deliver speci c program and spending mandates for scal 2014 --- wise or otherwise --- in stopgap funding measures that come Sept. 30 and beyond. Such uncertainty is the real problem, especially for IT leaders trying to advance complicated projects that can affect the entire enterprise. Improved ef ciency and long- term savings often require dollars upfront, but the world of continuing resolutions allows for precious little investment in innovation. Some legislators understand this and are looking for solutions. See, for example, our pro le of Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Page 19. And efforts like the latest push to rein in contractor compensation (see Page 24) make clear that Congress and the administration are looking to wring more money out of the current line items. Nowhere, however, is there much cause for optimism. Murphy's Law brings more than enough surprises and crises; Washington should stop manufacturing its own. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider Don't look now, but here comes scal 2014 July 30, 2013 FCW.COM 5 CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL FELLOWS Reid Davenport Natalie Lauri 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 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.
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