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For 2015 Federal IT Spending, the Real Story is FITARA

By Shawn P. McCarthy

Within the next few days President Obama is expected to sign the federal government's annual defense authorization bill, along with a spending bill that will keep the lights on at civilian agencies through the end of September, 2015. Authorized spending is set at $1.014 trillion.
Whenever federal budgets are approved, our clients tend to ask us what exactly has changed, and what will this mean for federal information technology spending? In reality, IT budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which has been in place since October 1, will change very little. Instead, what's really shifting is the power that agency CIOs will have over future IT budgets and the hiring process for IT staff.

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Strategic sourcing ramping up in government

By Massimiliano Claps

Collaborative sourcing for cloud computing in government is ramping up. Some initiatives will materialize into proper community clouds, but many are starting as joint procurement efforts. The Danish government recently awarded a framework contract for cloud and application services that all public sector entities in the country can benefit from. This blog post discusses some of the lessons learned from this and similar programs.

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