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"Version Control" and the 2012 Federal IT Budget

By Shawn P. McCarthy

If you've noticed some mixed messages coming out of the U.S. Office of Management (OMB) and budget when it comes to annual IT spending by federal agencies, you're not alone. The good news is that the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget for federal information technology spending is available – and it looks like a solid piece of IT planning.  The bad news (to some) is that the supposed spending "cuts" widely reported in the trade press aren't nearly as large as they might look at first glance. (Which

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The Challenge of Building Federal Top IT Vendors Lists

By Shawn P. McCarthy

It can be tricky business to try to rank the top information technology vendors serving the U.S. federal government. We were reminded of this challenge recently when researching two new documents, titled · Top 25 IT Services Vendors Tell a Larger Story — Government Datacenter Consolidation , and · Top Federal Government IT Vendors by Agency, 2009 . Here's why the issue can be complex. When collecting this data, a good starting point is usually the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS),


Cyber-crime and cyber-espionage are on the increase and many agree that a clamp down is needed, but how do we balance that with the freedom the Internet provides and that most of us cherish.  UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has appealed for governments to come together to agree a set of rules amid growing fears of "cyber war" between states. Addressing the Munich Security Conference, Mr Hague disclosed that as recently as last month the UK had come under attack from a "hostile state intelligence age

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