re: Dysfunctional Congress Hurts Government IT
The big idea that needs to be embraced is getting agencies to stop building stuff,that requires big cap ex budgets, etc, and to start consuming services. That's easier said than done. If IT services move to operating budgets, they're actually at greater risk of being cut. Then you've got all the "sunk costs" in existing legacy systems, that no one wants to walk away from. A lot of these 3 year projects are more like big remodeling projects, Finally you've got a lot of employees -- and contractors -- (read "jobs") spread out across lots of Congressional home districts that are also at stake. If we can get govt. to really move to an IT services consumption model -- which is happening, by the way, as agencies move to the cloud -- that would speed up development cycles and get new technologies at work. Where to start? Unfortunately: It requires changes in Congress.