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Building a Research Toolkit for FITARA Compliance

By Shawn P. McCarthy

One of the main goals of the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITRA) is to both rethink and restructure the way the U.S. Federal Government buys information technology.
To respond to the requirements of FITARA, federal agencies must plan and implement new policies, processes, and reporting structures which will help to ensure FITARA compliance. Being able to do so is an important part of each agency’s commitment to ongoing acquisition and operational management success. As we have said before, FITRA is the hammer that makes sure agencies comply with streamlined procurement regulations.
But compliance is far from an easy set of tasks. So to help make this transition a reality at government agencies, we are suggesting the following “Research Toolkit for FITARA Compliance.” Many of the requirements related to FITARA require a deep understanding of transformational processes. Thus it’s worth calling upon the deep expertise of a wide variety of skilled people who have identified and leveraged transformational technologies for a number of years.

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Thoughts on the White House Smart Cities Announcement

By Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

With the first Smart Cities Week kicking off in Washington DC with a White House announcement of new funding for Smart City initiatives, the whole week was an exciting one. The announcement itself is fairly detailed and provides a great glimpse in to what we can expect going forward. A lot has been done already with key cities participating pre-announcement. That hopefully won't deter other cities to get involved and to try to get some funding for their own initiatives.

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Stay Tuned: Updated Smart City MaturityScape Is Coming

By Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

In early 2013, when most municipalities I spoke with had not heard of the term "Smart Cities", or were unclear on the concept, or associated it solely with IBM's Smarter Planet campaign, I developed a smart city maturity model, thinking that cities clearly needed a way to assess themselves around smart city competencies and have a road map for progress. It turned out, I was almost two years too early. While the model garnered a lot of attention, mostly it was by the press and vendors, with a very select set of cities ready to use the model for themselves.

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Sharing some personal experiences about the benefits and challenges of digital transformation in government

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The classroom of the future is: no classroom

By Massimiliano Claps

A discussion with a higher education CIO triggered these reflections on the future of learning and the role of the CIO.

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