The Government Shutdown And Its Impact On Big Data

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In an October 8, 2013 article published by Bloomberg reporters Julie Bykowicz and Amanda J. Crawford, the government shutdown is estimated to have cost $1.8 billion, with an extra cost of $160 million for each additional day the shutdown continues. Some federal agencies chose to shut down entirely or remain partially open for essential work, while others remained open especially if they were not reliant on government funding.

By extension, the shutdown impacted other organizations that do direct business with the federal government. As a method of cutting expenses, government contractors placed up to 800,000 employees on extended furloughs and implemented freezes on the hiring of new employees. [Read more…]

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DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Sequestration And Workforce Productivity Implications

iPad Mobile Data CollectionSince sequestration went into effect in March of 2013, it has tested the adaptability and creativity of government agencies and private sector enterprises. Within many organizations, budgets have been cut by millions or even billions of dollars. Employees have been furloughed or laid off, and federal grants for research or public programs experienced a reduction in availability.

To date, sequestration policies have affected multiple sectors such as defense, healthcare, transportation, education, parks and recreation services, and criminal justice. Sequestration is also expected to have long-term effects throughout 2014 and beyond.

Despite the reduction in funds and employees, organizations face the challenge of completing mission-critical work in order to ensure that government and business contracts remain fulfilled. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.