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What does open data have to do with flexible working?

By Massimiliano Claps

Open data and flexible working are both enabled by the fast-paced progress of information technology, but they are also the manifestations of a much deeper cultural revolution that is shaking the foundation of government accountability and tranparency.


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Smart people in large numbers often have the potential to boost the effectiveness of terrorism investigations by pooling their efforts online. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that large numbers of smart but very amateur investigators also have a tendency to detect suspicious patterns where there are none. Their misguided speculations can ruin the lives of people who are incorrectly identified and the whole process can waste valuable resources if it forces investigators to spend time tracking down false leads.


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The UK Government Cloudstore initiative is looked at with some suspicion, given the relatively small value of purchases that it has triggered in its first year of operations. But if one looks under the cover, its impact as an enabler of cloud computing in government are much broader.


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The proposed U.S. Federal Information Technology Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, released today, is the largest such IT budget in history. It reverses the three-year trend of shrinking federal IT spending, and it actually contains a much larger year-over-year budget increase than many people realize. Here’s why.

The Office of Management and Budget is touting the FY 2014 IT budget as just 1.7% higher that FY 2013. OMB states that FY 2013 IT spending will come in at $80.6 billion, while FY 2014 is slated for roughly $82 billion. That’s $42.3 billion slated for civilian agencies and $39.5 for DOD IT.

But we don’t agree with those numbers. The real story here is that FY 2013 IT spending was much higher than what was originally budgeted.


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The Sunsetting of Pan-Government CIOs

By Massimiliano Claps

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One thing that’s enlightening about sorting through millions of contracts in federal government databases is that it provides you with the ability to see who is purchasing what. (Okay, so maybe we have a warped sense of fun.)

But recently we decided to search specifically for contracts that cover FY 2013 and which are specifically identified as “Information Technology and Telecommunications” solutions, including software, hardware, IT services and associated maintenance. Then we further sorted and categorized that data -- to see what sort of IT solutions the Executive Office of The President has been buying, and which IT contracts are being used.


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