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FCW : October 30, 2013
Trending of VA IT workers were furloughed Oct. 7. VA's contingency plan called for furloughing just 4 percent of workers departmentwide. 34% 8 October 30, 2013 FCW.COM DEFENSE.GOV TANK Big data gets a lot of buzz in the press, but it might not be getting much more investment from feds. More than half of the IT decision-makers who responded to a recent survey said their big-data funding levels would shrink or stay the same in scal 2014. Only 28 percent of IT leaders plan to invest more money in big-data analytics next year, according to a survey of 400 IT decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels conducted by Cisco Systems and Clarus Research Group. Meanwhile, 48 percent plan to main- tain current funding levels for big-data projects or programs, while 8 percent said their agencies would cut such funding and the rest were not sure. In fact, big data ranked dead last in funding interest among IT-related investments. Cybersecurity is the area in which most of the respondents (59 percent) planned to increase spending, with cloud computing and networking not far behind. Big data rated the lowest of the eight technology categories that the survey measured. Larry Payne, vice president of Cis- co s U.S. federal market, said he had expected more interest in investing in big data and related technologies. Given the large amount of data agencies produce and the analytics necessary to make that data useful, one would think big data would rate higher than it did in the survey, he said. --- Frank Konkel Big data is big loser in priorities survey Teachers of the next generation of federal employees are watching the partial government shutdown with trepidation. "We want the best and the bright- est to want to work for the federal government, and we are swimming against the current right now," said Daniel Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law stud- ies at George Washington University Law School. The partial government shutdown is only the latest in a series of setbacks for federal workers. Other factors that are tarnishing the government brand include pay freezes, furloughs and a ponderous hiring system. Nevertheless, idealism is still driv- ing some young policy wonks. Dana Doran, an intern at the Partnership for Public Service, grew up in a fam- ily of news junkies, adored "The West Wing" and cut her teeth volunteering on political campaigns. But she said she is no longer convinced that the government is her only career choice. "It s discouraging to see the shut- down and gridlock and what occasion- ally looks to me like petty behavior," she said. Nonpro t organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Founda- tion, could provide opportunities for public service on par with what the government has to offer, she added. Even without the ongoing budget crisis, the government might have to make some accommodations for the millennial generation. "Students really do want to make a difference, but they worry whether big institutions are nimble enough to allow them to make that difference," said Don Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland s School of Public Policy. "Take that situation and compound it with the shutdown and other things that increase their cynicism, and those risks are conspiring to cause more and more students" to look elsewhere for employment. --- Adam Mazmanian Shutdown could discourage talented students Only 28% of IT leaders plan to invest more money in big- data analytics next year.
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