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John Stein Monroe

Senior Events Editor

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications:, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

The most influential federal IT leaders since 1987: A short list

FCW editors are compiling a list of the most influential individuals in the history of the federal IT community. Share your thoughts.

Is the boss nickel-and-diming your IT operations?

In the current budget environment, employees are likely to pay the price for budget-saving measures.

IT executive, former Indus Corp. leader Carleton Jones dies

Carleton Jones was vice chairman emeritus and president emeritus of Indus Corp., an IT services firm.

NIH agency tests waters with hybrid procurement

NIEHS is planning an enterprise IT services deal in which the contractor could provide support through a variety of procurement approaches.

IRS announces TIPSS-4 winners

TIPSS-4 contractors will provide support services to help the IRS maintain and update its large portfolio of legacy tax systems.

CACI nabs DHS financial services deal

The $450 million contract calls for CACI to integrate the department’s enterprise financial, acquisition and asset management systems.

Fiscal year-end spending: Does 'use it or lose it' still rule?

Since 2001, the Office of Management has championed a number of ideas or programs intended to bring order to federal IT spending. But has it really made a difference?

Five reasons why some feds would rather not telework

Make no mistake: The vast majority of readers commenting on telework stories in recent weeks clearly favor having the option to work from home on a regular basis. But here is the minority report.

Twitter adoption different for Dems and GOP, but old media still rules

You know something has come of age when sober academics conduct research on it, and it seems that Twitter has reached that point. But you may be surprised by the results, writes blogger Brian Robinson.

Why do federal managers oppose telework?

We have to ask: Do government supervisors have legitimate reasons for not letting federal employees telework?

How to improve the performance of the federal workforce

Civilian agencies need to take a cue from the Defense Department and begin focusing their employees on mission, not process, according to one reader.

The first affliction of the federal workforce: Low expectations

The surest way to nurture mediocrity is to expect mediocrity. That, in a nutshell, is one of the major afflictions of the federal workforce in many offices across the government, according to readers commenting on stories at

One way to improve security: Punish the ignorant

Perhaps federal agencies would have more success with information security training if employees knew they would be punished for allowing breaches through ignorance.

Does anyone outside D.C. really care about open government?

That buzz you're hearing about open government? It's more of whisper caught up in an echo chamber. Tell us what you think about it.

Does insourcing lead to 'theft' of contractor employees?

Federal agencies are expanding their in-house staffs at the expense of companies already struggling with an unstable economy, writes one reader.

How to scare away federal IT job seekers

FEMA and other agencies are trying new approaches to attracting IT talent, some with more success than others.

Kundra requests inventory of latest knowledge management apps

The Obama administration is partnering with the Knowledge Management Working Group to conduct a survey of the latest knowledgement management applications agencies are using.

GSA should run IT 'storefront' not schedules, Kundra says

The federal CIO says federal government needs a procurement system that can keep pace with the rapid changes in technology.

Bush administration opposes small-biz research bill

The SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act would require agencies to set aside 3 percent of their outside research budgets or $650 million each year.