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Buy Lines: Straight talk about fed employees, competitive sourcing

As the administration rolls out its final revisions to the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76, the warfare over competitive sourcing is certain to intensify.

Across the Digital Nation: Three companies to watch in the shifting technology market

Despite the overall market contraction expected for 2003, state and local spending on external technology services will grow significantly over the next three years.

Buy Lines: How to play in the government's market research game

Government and industry have a lot to learn about market research for federal performance-based acquisitions.

Across the Digital Nation: Enterprise resource planning makes a comeback

<FONT SIZE=2>In light of the state and local </FONT><FONT SIZE=1>government budget shortfalls, the focus on cost containment, enterprise management and revenue forecasting has increased significantly. Moreover, given the depth and speed of these deficits, many new administrations are reassessing the use and scope of the financial management processes in place.</FONT>

Across the Digital Nation: State, local governments sail into stormy 2003

<FONT SIZE=2>The elections. The economy. The graying work force. Chief information officer resignations. All these are shaping technology strategies within the public sector and leading to one conclusion: State and local government organizations face a monumental challenge this year.</FONT>

Across the Digital Nation: Homeland Security--What a difference a day makes

<FONT SIZE=2>It only takes one day to change the nature of government. With the outcome of the elections Nov. 5, there is a new political reality at the federal level: One party now controls the executive office and both houses of Congress.</FONT>

Across the Digital Nation: E-voting just part of solution to election-day woes

With the midterm elections around the corner, state and local governments are preparing to facilitate voting. Over the past year, many major steps have taken shape: Voters have been registered, ballots have been printed, personnel have been allocated to precincts, etc. Given the election debacle of 2000, a number of state and local governments have turned to new technology solutions to help eliminate the problems of pregnant chads, lost ballots and vote counts that are off.</FONT>

Across the Digital Nation: E-government evolves as more than citizen services

<FONT SIZE=2>Although e-government remains one of the most prominent technology initiatives within the state and local government marketplace, the nature of its projects continues to evolve. Government-to-citizen applications are still politically popular, but government-to-business and government-to-government projects are also emerging as key e-government areas.</FONT>

Across the Digital Nation: State and local slowdown is a beginning, not an ending

The state and local government marketplace has been in a dramatic state of flux over the past year. With budget shortfalls forecast in 46 states and a lack of defined movement in homeland security funding, new technology opportunities have leveled off. In many respects, forced cutbacks have exacerbated the problem in specific jurisdictions and created an uneven balance of technology investment v. technology deployment.

Across the Digital Nation: Business process outsourcing may be next frontier

State and local government organizations have long had a skeptical view of the need to outsource functions to vendors. Political realities, turf battles and cost constraints have made outsourcing a highly contentious issue.

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