Texas Speaker Touts Economic Development Incentives

In a speech on October 23rd at the annual meeting of Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) discussed economic development incentives. He suggested that reforms are necessary, but rejected calls from critics who say economic development programs such as the Enterprise Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund should be eliminated. Speaker…

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Where & How is Government Adopting New Technology?

Technology today can do most of what the government says they want to be able to do five years from now.  The obstacle is not the technology but rather the workforce and acquisition process.  However, there are forward thinking government groups making a difference, including GSA18F and DHS’ Transition to Practice (TTP). During the Civilian…

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IT Budget Forecast for NASA, State and Treasury

During the TechAmerica Foundation’s Vison Forecast Conference, attendees delved deep into many of the civilian federal agencies. Vision volunteer Steve Vetter on the NASA session noted that 45 percent of NASA’s budget is in the human exploration and operations mission directorate which oversees space ops and exploration systems, including the launch from last night.  Other…

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How Will the Federal Budget Impact Civilian Agencies’ IT Needs?

Kicking off Civilian IT Day of TechAmerica Foundation’s Vision Conference, Stan Collender, national director, financial communications, Qorvis MSLGROUP, said, “The upcoming election won’t matter much in terms of the budget.” Collender discussed how the House will be under Republican control, but that the real play will be in the Senate.  If the Republicans get all…

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  • What Do Legally Blonde 2, Cloud Computing, and the Federal Government All Have in Common?

    Did you read about President Obama’s visit last week to LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to promote his “Putting America Back to Work” agenda? Meanwhile, over at Facebook in Palo Alto, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) also held a town…