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FCW : April 30, 2014
Editor'sNote Federal IT is dif cult enough in the best of circumstances. Do we really need to make it harder by viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries? That question has been on my mind in recent weeks and reinforced by several stories. The General Services Administration s launch of 18F raised concerns that the new tech shop would compete with private rms for agency business without having to navigate the same thicket of acquisition rules. The HealthCare.gov signup deadline brought more arguments over how to allocate blame for the botched rollout. And the Defense Department s debut of milCloud --- combined with the slow release of standards that private rms must meet to compete at DOD s higher Impact Levels --- has sparked new grumbling that the Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking market share at the expense of a level playing eld. That last example is the focus of this issue s cover story, which details just how distrustful key stakeholders have become. Although some of it boils down to old- fashioned posturing by all parties, it s clear that fundamental questions exist. What are the inherently governmental IT functions? Beyond that baseline, what can agencies realistically build themselves --- and what should they? Must bang for the taxpayer buck always be the deciding factor? And how do the government s stated goals of encouraging small business and growing the economy factor into the equation? In Washington, the answers shouted loudest tend to simplify for politics sake. On the topic of HealthCare.gov, for example, one columnist declared, "What some are taking as a triumph of governmental competence was actually an emergency rescue by private-sector volunteers after a laughable failure of government to construct and run its own system." As if the original debacle was not also built by private contractors and the government was not involved in recruiting for and running the subsequent rescue effort. FCW readers, of course, know better. Industry and government are in this together. And while more competition is great, a bit more collaboration and honest conversation would go a long way as well. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider Seeking some common ground April 30, 2014 FCW.COM 5 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Troy K. Schneider John Bicknell MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck STAFF WRITERS Frank Konkel, Sean Lyngaas, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Richard A. Spires, Sarah Lai Stirland CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jef f Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL FELLOW Reid Davenport PRESIDENT James Causey CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Anne Armstrong 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 Jef frey 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 @1105media.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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