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FCW : September 30, 2013
Editor'sNote Is it poor form to say good riddance to scal 2013? Not all the news since last October has been bad, but anyone affected by agency budgets --- that is, everyone in federal IT --- just endured 12 straight months of meat-cleaver spending cuts, multiple shutdown threats and the severe restrictions on strategic planning that come with continuing resolutions. That's no way to run a government, but as FCW explained in some detail in the Sept. 15 issue, those hoping for a return to regular appropriations had best not hold their breath. Still, hope springs eternal. So here's our short list of modest proposals for scal 2014: 1. Better budget clarity. Agency leaders can cope with tight budgets and even use those pressures to jump-start needed reforms and reinventions. They cannot, however, plan for the future when CRs curtail the spin-up of new programs and when funding could be slashed or interrupted entirely next Tuesday. Real budgets are needed for effective management, and agencies deserve a true appropriation --- even if it comes in omnibus form. 2. Collaborative cutting. Budgets are likely to keep shrinking, and with the possible exception of cybersecurity, most IT programs should expect at funding at best. Furloughs and across-the-board cuts are an idiotic approach to austerity. IT leaders must be proactive with agency executives, congressional overseers and the Of ce of Management and Budget to nd smarter ways to make the numbers work. 3. Get behind the innovators. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel speaks frequently about nding savings in IT and reinvesting them in innovation; it's one of the most appealing aspects of the administration's Digital Government Strategy. Yet too often, such creativity gets stalled, not supported. If ideas such as applying energy savings performance contracts to data centers (see Page 21) have aws, put the effort into xing them --- not to keeping them in limbo. 4. Start early on scal 2015. It is easy to blame Congress for the lack of action on scal 2014 funding, but the executive branch missed key deadlines, too. The time to start working toward next Oct. 1 is now. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider 4 goals for scal 2014 September 30, 2013 FCW.COM 7 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Troy K. Schneider John Bicknell 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, Eliza Krigman, John Moore, Colleen O Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL FELLOW Reid Davenport CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Wendy LaDuke CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER 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 A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the nam- ing 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 20 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb, Oct 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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