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FCW : July 15, 2014
Editor'sNote The English polymath Thomas Young, who died in 1829, is said to have been the last man to know everything. By the early 19th century, the world had grown too complex for even the brightest minds to truly understand how it all works. Even in the much narrower realm of federal IT, it s doubtful that anyone has ever been able to grasp all of it. If so, that moment surely passed decades ago --- before this sector came to encompass everything from cybersecurity and big data to machine learning and social media. And guess what? This issue of FCW does not even come close to explaining how it all works. But the articles that follow do demystify some important topics and put a special emphasis on the things other than technology that increasingly shape the world of federal IT. GitHub, for example, is rooted in code, and developers would be lost without the version control that Git and similar systems provide. As Luke Fretwell explains, however, GitHub s real signi cance lies in the collaboration and idea-sharing that it facilitates --- often with no software code in sight. Richard E. Cohen, meanwhile, looks at what makes the Government Accountability Of ce tick. As any executive who s testi ed about IT projects on Capitol Hill well knows, GAO is a critical part of congressional oversight, but in some ways it s an agency like any other --- led by individual public servants and operating under its own set of pressures and constraints. Elsewhere in the magazine, Katherine Reynolds Lewis talks with management expert Stewart Liff about the keys to keeping federal employees inspired, Michael Brown explains what the cybersecurity framework really means for agencies, and Richard Spires puts enterprise architecture into plain English. There s more, of course --- both in this issue and on FCW.com every day. Can FCW make you the Thomas Young of federal IT? Probably not, but we can certainly move you along that learning curve and explain how the business of federal technology really works. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider What you need to know (at least for starters) July 15, 2014 FCW.COM 7 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Troy K. Schneider EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Bicknell MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck STAFF WRITERS Colby Hochmuth, 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 Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL FELLOW Jonathan Lutton PRESIDENT Henry Allain CO-PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Dan LaBianca 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, 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 @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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