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CRITICAL READ WHAT: "Show Me the Money: The Key to Doubling Agency Savings, " a MeriTalk study that was underwritten by Brocade. WHY: Based on responses from 300 federal network managers, the report analyzes how federal agencies could maximize con- solidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access and infrastructure diversi cation pro- grams. The study concludes that federal agencies could squeeze an additional 24 percent --- or a combined $19.7 billion annually --- out of those ve initiatives. However, two-thirds of respon- dents said their networks are not equipped to meet mission needs, let alone support new technology initiatives. VERBATIM: Feds are learning to share: • Nearly three-quarters say shared services is a strate- gic initiative for their CIOs in 2014. Of those who don't, 96 percent believe it should be. • More than half of agencies (53 percent) are using shared services today, and 44 per- cent are providing services to other agencies. But many overlook critical preparations: • Fewer than half (40 percent) of agencies have de ned goals and objectives. • Just 32 percent have established service-level agreements. • Only 16 percent have devel- oped the nancial model and chargeback system to posi- tion their IT department as a "broker of services." FULL REPORT: meritalk.com/fed-saver.php Trending in additional cuts are being asked of agencies in scal 2016, according to OMB's May 5 memo 2% 8 May 30, 2014 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. MUST READ: Civil service needs stories of everyday heroes via @FCWnow @KelmanSteve http://bit.ly/1iAcE4k 12:05 PM - 30 Apr 2014 The Partnership @RPublicService Reply Retweet Favorite Salary is only one obstacle to attract- ing technology experts to the federal workforce. Integrating IT employees into agency cultures and being willing to adopt innovations might be just as important, according to panelists at a New America Foundation event. Dan Tangherlini, administrator of the General Services Administration, said bringing IT employees out of the data center dungeons is essential to attracting others to work in govern- ment technology. "You need to convince folks that they re not just a bolt-on, that they re not going to be a mechanic, they re not going to be sitting downstairs with the boiler," Tangherlini said. "They re actu- ally going to be part of the process." He added that acquiring tech gurus and harnessing 21st-century technol- ogy are especially important in the federal government because of tech- nology s potential to alleviate the pinch of budget constraints. "We re struggling with the ability to deliver the basic services that we re required to deliver," he said. "Demand is not going down, but resource con- straint is coming way up. The possibil- ity of being more ef cient and effective at delivering the services by leveraging smart technology is very clear." A report released last year by Freed- man Consulting validated what federal managers have known all along: The salary discrepancy between the public and private sectors is one of the biggest reasons why the government can t land IT professionals. But it was not the only impediment. "Among the most common barriers mentioned were those of compensa- tion, an inability to pursue ground- breaking work, and a culture that is averse to hiring and utilizing poten- tially disruptive innovators," the report states. Susan Crawford, visiting professor of intellectual property at Harvard Law School, said such a culture could pre- vent the government from achieving Digital Age literacy. "We re at this in ection point, a very interesting point in the history of gov- ernance, using technology and being more responsive to citizens, and it may actually enrich...democracy," she said. "So it s a great opportunity, and we re at risk of losing it because of the inter- nal structures and obstacles." The government could not function without technology, but it has yet to be ingrained in policy-making and gov- erning. "We re still thinking of technol- ogy as a tool that implements policy, and what I m hoping for is that we get way beyond that, that these things are deeply integrated," she said. --- Reid Davenport It's not just about the money
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