Big data has all the promise in the world to help agencies glean otherwise impossible insights from massive repositories of data, but some believe federal policies thus far have blunted big data’s potential in the public sector.
The Senate has released legislation that would avert a March 27 shutdown and fund the government through September. Unfortunately for federal employees, the bill also keeps wages frozen for the rest of 2013.
Sequestration-related furloughs may still be at least a month away, but agencies already are feeling the effects of budget cuts. Border Patrol agents, Transportation Security officers and many other federal employees are beginning to experience major changes in how they do their jobs.
President Barack Obama and his Cabinet got burned last month for overhyping the effects of $85 billion in spending cuts. Now federal agencies are grappling with a double-barreled problem: How to make those cuts real and then explain what they mean to a public that didn’t buy in to the hysteria the first time.