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How to Get Ahead of 2016: Ensuring Federal IT Can Adapt to Leadership Transitions

August 20, 2015 Liz Joyce and Lon Zanetta are executive advisers at CEB. As government agencies turn their attention to planning for 2016, one thing is clear: Most political appointees in agency leadership positions today will not be in seat 18 months from now and many may start their transitions early. Regardless of...

5 Ways to Get a Leg Up on FITARA

April 28, 2015 Kris Van Riper is a practice leader at CEB and Lon Zanetta is a senior executive adviser at CEB. Many federal IT leaders are uncertain of what to expect from the recent passage of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. With the Office of Management and Budget’s formal implementation guidance...

IT Needs Audacity, Adaptiveness and Engagement

August 8, 2014 Lon Zanetta is senior executive adviser at CEB and former CIO of the Federal Reserve. From “smart government” to a “smarter planet,” we hear every day the bold aspirations of corporations and government agencies. In the U.S., the president’s open government and open data initiatives set huge goals for digital...

A Call to Action for IT Leaders

March 4, 2014 Following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, President Obama stated, "The way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there's probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than IT." The problems associated with HealthCare.gov made headlines and...

Analysis: The Federalist IT Papers

September 12, 2013 Few chief information officers would look to the founding fathers for information technology leadership advice. In fact, many would be skeptical of insights from men who did their best work with a quill pen and communicated only by letters or in-person meetings. This is partly because IT leaders often underestimate...