With talk of a fiscal cliff and sequestration, what’s already typically known as the hottest topic in government became a scorcher in 2012.

Federal Spending has taken on more scrutiny than ever before.

This is the fifth in a seven-part series of AOL Gov’s Best Of 2012

Management and leadership are scrambling. The entire federal workforce is wondering what’s next.

The General Services Administration is working with other agencies to plan for possible sequestration budget reductions since that would mean cutting back on everything from supplies to real estate.

As W. Hord Tipton notes in his 2013 predictions, while there are always budgetary uncertainties and looming cuts in government IT spending, we currently face unprecedented financial uncertainty that will impact not only the resources we have to invest in technology, but how people work and live.