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Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
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In June, the Office of Management and Budget unveiled its plans to stop all new financial system modernization projects, review up to 30 IT projects deemed to be at the highest risk of failure and improve IT procurement and project management to cut costs. In a memo signed by Peter Orszag and Rahm Emanuel, the government stated its intention to address problems with past IT projects that took too long and cost too much. If the risky projects were allowed to continue, they would cost $30 billion, said federal CIO Vivek Kundra. One nixed project was related to the secure border with Mexico, which Michele Obama visited earlier this year.

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