Please take a look at my latest column for Government Computing News where I address chronic integration problems in government IT. Just to give you an idea, here is the unedited introduction. Government decision makers have always had to make do with budgets that fall short of mission demands. Worse yet, the modern political landscape is hardly predisposed to budget increases. The situation is especially difficult for IT decision makers, who are forced to strike a balance between a rapidly evolving technology landscape and the imperative to wring every last drop of value from previous investments.