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A New Era in Technology

Two big forces are about to converge on the federal technology community. For the first time in 2014, federal agencies are expected to spend less on IT than the year before. For both federal agencies and industry that's a sea change, forcing everyone to think differently. Secondly, the government is about to reach a tipping point where the third generation of business computing will revolutionize how people work, who they work with, and how agencies buy and operate their IT infrastructure. Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, delivers a field guide to program and acquisition managers about aligning spending, the IT infrastructure and the people skills needed to ensure success in 2014 and beyond.

DAY ONE: IT Spending Mix in 2014 and Beyond

Part 1: Agencies struggle to stay ahead of the curve in new era of technology

Federal News Radio's exclusive survey of 950 federal employees and contractors found that even though technology at agencies is improving, updates to equipment and acquisition processes are needed for agencies to stay ahead of the curve.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:28am EST

Part 2: Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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Part 3: DoD tasks innovation experts with stretching tech dollars

During sequestration, technology research has suffered disproportionately at the Defense Department. Leaders say those limited dollars need to be focused on making systems more affordable and making the most of advancements that have already been made in the commercial sector.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:14am EST
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Part 4: Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

For Casey Coleman, CIO of the General Services Administration, IT consolidations have netted big savings and allowed the agency to move in a more strategic direction. Meanwhile, Joe Klimavicz, the CIO of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says wider adoption of shared services can help agencies cut back on operations-and-maintenance IT spending to free up more cash for mission-specific tech initiatives.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 10:44am EST
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DAY TWO: Technology is Changing Who Agencies Work With

Part 5: Emerging technologies alter the way agencies, industry do business

The federal market is in flux. New companies are popping up, and established contractors, big and small, are altering the way they do business to take advantage of emerging technologies and the way that technology is delivered. We examine the sea change that will force federal agencies and contractors to think differently as they learn how to master these new technologies together.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 01:00pm EST

Part 6: CIO Council committee presses innovation forward

Margie Graves, the co-chairwoman of the Innovation Committee and deputy CIO at the Homeland Security Department, said the committee is focusing on three areas: Open data, data analytical tools and public-private partnerships to help agencies improve mission outcomes.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 09:36am EST
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Part 7: Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have saved more than $200 million in administrative costs by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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Part 8: Collaboration key to DHS cyber efforts

Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to many of the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity efforts. Doug Maughan, director of DHS' Cybersecurity Division in the department's Science and Technology Directorate, discussed the department's cyber partnerships as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 11:14am EST
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DAY THREE: Technology Is Changing How and Where Feds Work

Part 9: Demand for data-driven models supplies agencies with decision-making power

More and better information is getting to be the driving force behind spending and program decisions across the government. OMB is requiring agencies to update strategic plans and objectives based on their analysis of program and back-office data.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 04:40am EST
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Part 10: Smart design can make federal offices more productive places to work

Even stodgy old federal buildings can benefit from the smart design the latest technological advances offer today's building designers.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 02:25pm EST
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Part 11: Digital technologies changing how agencies communicate -- both inside and out

Agencies across government are leveraging digital technologies to both embark on new initiatives and enhance existing ones. The growing adoption of mobile devices, cloud computing technologies and wireless capabilities allows agencies to conduct unique outreach efforts and makes the agencies, themselves, more flexible workplaces. Agency technology officials discussed both issues as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 05:08pm EST
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Part 12: Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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SPECIAL REPORT EXTRAS

Part 13: How Congress lost its tech groove at the corner of CitiBank and a fruit basket

Congress, as an institution, doesn't appear to have the technological skills and knowledge to ask the right questions when it comes to increasingly complex agency IT programs. The congressionally-chartered Office of Technology Assessment was defunded in the mid-1990s and former staffers say its absence is sorely felt today. Many people say the time is right for a reboot of the OTA. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 07:00am EST

Commentary: Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

A unified IT architecture will create innumerable benefits to government and the private sector companies that serve its technology needs. But, disparate policymaking responsibilities across organizations such as OMB, GSA, NIST, DHS, and DoD make it difficult to realize that end game, say former federal executives Karen Evans and Julie Anderson.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 03:44pm EST

Data Charts: Where are agencies spending their IT dollars?

Federal News Radio teamed up with Govini to create the following charts that examine where government agencies are spending their money on technology and how it has changed over the past five years.