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Richard W. Walker


Infrastructure security on GAO's high-risk list

Programs designed to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructures including federal computer systems, remain a 'continuing concern,' the Government Accountability Office reported today.

Telework culture lagging: survey

The federal government has a way to go if it is going to establish a culture favorable to telework, according to a new survey of federal managers.

One for all

How do you pull together the entire acquisition community across the federal government to achieve an extraordinary degree of collaboration on a major cross-agency project? Ask Teresa Sorrenti. She's done it.

Hallowed ground gets wired

Thurman Higginbotham, deputy director of operations at Arlington National Cemetery, never misses an opportunity to pitch his vision for a fully automated information management system at ANC. Sometimes, it really pays off.

Profiles in Persistence

One of the qualities especially salient among this year's GCN IT Leadership Award winners is sustained and exceptional accomplishment. All have labored long and hard in the government trenches, beginning in modest jobs and emerging as dazzling examples of the sort of leaders who are helping to transform government with their vision'and the ability to rally fellow employees around that vision.

Senior civil servants feted

The Senior Executives Association's Professional Development League recognizes 62 senior civil servants for sustained, extraordinary accomplishments.

The GCN Awards

The stories behind GCN's 10 award-winning technology programs in the following pages convey a palpable sense of urgency, going a long way toward dispelling the common perception of government as a slow-moving behemoth.

Use of wireless handheld devices on the up

Managers across government are continuing to accelerate the use of cell phone/personal digital assistant hybrids, smart phones and wireless messaging devices.

Windows still rules government OS world

The landscape of network operating systems in government looks a lot different than it did two years ago.

EVM still a mystery to most feds

The Office of Management and Budget is strenuously pushing earned-value management as a project-management tool and requiring agencies to adopt policies for using EVM.

Desktop PCs cycle onward in government offices

Waiting for a new desktop PC?


Managers say security is good, despite bad grades

Most IT managers think information security at their agencies is pretty darn good'despite the latest computer security report cards handed out by the House Government Reform Committee, which gave agencies an overall grade of D+.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Fonts of information

Col. Jill Phillips has a stone plaque on her desk at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. It reads: 'Failure cannot cope with persistence.'

VOIP is still pretty quiet in government offices

While some government organizations have taken the leap and installed voice over IP systems'the Census Bureau, notably'VOIP remains unknown territory for most agencies.

Chip giant touts wireless nets

This week at the FOSE trade show in Washington, Intel's next CEO Paul Otellini will deliver one of the conference's keynote addresses.

For feds' searches, Google is the main course

In the Web search-engine race, Google is an easy winner for feds.

Workforce reality: Keep doing more with less

Heavy workloads and staffing shortages are weighing on the minds of federal managers in 2005.

XML excises the Army's ancient forms system

When the Army embarked late last year on a mission to overhaul its antiquated approach to managing forms, officials turned to Extensible Markup Language.

Agencies will be waxing wireless in 2005

Look for wireless and mobile technologies to continue to make substantial inroads into government computing infrastructures in 2005.

See what you thought was hot, and not, in '04

Technology trends and governmentwide policies put some sizzle in the GCN Reader Survey this year, providing an interesting glimpse of the government IT landscape.