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Government IT Jobs: Cloud is Altering the Landscape

By Shawn P. McCarthy

The second annual Cloud Leadership Forum (hosted by IDC and IDG Enterprise) in Santa Clara, CA, last week was a bit of an eye-opener when discussions touched on how current IT employees will fit into the rapidly evolving world of cloud computing. The stark reality is that cloud migrations will have a very significant impact on many IT workers. But even as some jobs will go away, others will evolve in dynamic new ways. Multiple speakers at the event made it clear that many IT shops, including government IT f


The UK Government has published the most comprehensive organisation charts of the UK Civil Service ever released online, the newly published organograms represent government departments as at 31 March 2011 and will be updated every 6 months. The new organogams are available at and  Departmental and agency data is also available on respective departmental or agency websites.

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Local government CIOs like the idea of cloud computing, they just don't know where to start.  During a recent roundtable discussion of federal, state, and local CIOs, it was clear that A) resources are an issue when moving to the cloud, and B) local governments have no resources.  So the question kept coming up, "How do I get the money to implement a cloud service?"  The answer from federal participants was "you have to stop spending other IT dollars and repurpose them."  Sounds easy eno

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Doing Everything with Nothing at All

By Adelaide OBrien

This was the lament at a Federal, State, and Local Government CIO Summit last week. Used to be we heard "doing more with the same," then it was "doing more with less." Last year it was "doing less with less," but that didn’t satisfy demanding constituents. Government today is being asked to raise the bar in many areas. In addition to expecting services to be delivered seamlessly through any channel, citizens are demanding real time contextual information from government. Citizens are on line, dissemin

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Goodbye to our Nation's First CIO

By Adelaide OBrien

Today Jack Lew announced that Vivek Kundra is moving on for a post for a fellowship at Harvard University,  Our Nation’s First Federal CIO | The White House. Thanks for a great start Vivek. Actually the beginning of many of the data transparency initiatives were built on the eGovernment foundation of previous administrations, but Vivek brought a fresh, focused approach to such mundane issues as IT consolidation, IT program management, and dashboarding project cost and time.

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