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Dennis McDonald liked Jaime Gracia's discussion RFP-EZ: Innovation or Redundancy?
Dec 4, 2013
Dennis McDonald posted a blog post

Can Meat-and-Potatoes “Big Data” Help Detroit?

In "Can Meat-and-Potatoes “Big Data” Help Detroit?" (http://www.ddmcd.com/detroit.html) I provide some commentary on the "Innovation Economy" meeting in DC yesterday sponsored by the Aspen Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Intel. From the post:Just as foundations such as…See More
Dec 4, 2013
Dennis McDonald replied to Mike Giuffrida's discussion 'Agencies Must Improve the Job Applicant Experience to Keep Pace with Private Industry'
"While I'm certainly not an expert in HR I think that another improvement would be to increase the involvement of people in the hiring process who actually understand what the job requires. I came away from several (unsuccessful) application…"
Oct 24, 2013
Dennis McDonald posted a blog post

AGA’s Citizen Centric Reporting and Government Transparency

I found out about the Association of Government Accountants' "Citizen Centric Reporting" initiative through the Government Performance Coalition in DC. Evie Barry of AGA runs the Initiative and put together a webinar recently where representatives of Scottsdale AZ and Suffolk VA talked about their experience in developing plain-language reports describing strategic objectives, performance, costs, and next steps.While Federal level agencies have used the AGA model (e.g., NSF, Patent Office,…See More
Oct 23, 2013
Dennis McDonald commented on Joshua Millsapps's blog post 'Government shutdown and the fear of uncertainty'
"The impact on productivity and public service is huge. As an independent consultant I see the effects every day -- a meeting cancelled here, a conversation postponed there, a decision put off for another month. Things add up. People suffer. Projects…"
Sep 27, 2013
Dennis McDonald liked Joshua Millsapps's blog post 'Government shutdown and the fear of uncertainty'
Sep 27, 2013
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Current Title:
As an independent management consultant I help plan, manage, and assess the use of new information technology applications. I’m also interested in professional applications of enterprise collaboration, social media, content management, and social networking tools.
Current Agency or Organization
Recent consulting clients include U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Acquisition and Innovation Research (FAIR) Institute, and National Academy of Engineering.
What Best Describes Your Role?
Technology
Educational Background (Degree, School):
MLS and Ph.D., Library & Information Science; BA Psychology.
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
http://www.ddmcd.com
Topics I Care About
Acquisition, Communications, Gov 2.0, IT (Cloud Open Source), Project / Program Mgmt, Telework
My favorite public servant is:
Mr. Obama

Dennis McDonald's Blog

Can Meat-and-Potatoes “Big Data” Help Detroit?

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:16am 0 Comments

In "Can Meat-and-Potatoes “Big Data” Help Detroit?" (http://www.ddmcd.com/detroit.html) I provide…

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AGA’s Citizen Centric Reporting and Government Transparency

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

I found out about the Association of Government Accountants' "Citizen Centric Reporting" initiative through the Government Performance Coalition in DC. Evie Barry of AGA runs the Initiative and put together a webinar recently where representatives of Scottsdale AZ and Suffolk VA talked about their experience in developing plain-language reports describing strategic objectives, performance, costs, and next steps.

While Federal level agencies have used the AGA model (e.g., NSF, Patent…

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Sequestration Impacts on Federal Project Management

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I've been researching how the US Federal budget sequester continues to impact Federal programs and

projects (1). In interviews with Federal contractors I've heard repeatedly how sequester-driven budget

reductions continue a trend to forcing quality levels and rates downward. These impacts are in addition to

outright cancellations and delays in Federal project work. Especially worrisome for contractors are Government pressures to reduce rates for experienced staff and the…

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Does "Budgeting at the Brink" Encourage or Discourage Transparency?

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

Earlier this week in Washington DC  I attended a meeting cosponsored by George Mason University and the Bipartisan Policy Center. Speakers, current or former members of the executive or legislative branches, addressed historical and current events surrounding sequestration, government shutdowns, and management uncertainties in Federal agencies. The discussions were not pretty and present a grim view of the US government's ability to govern.



My immediate interest…

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Mitigation of Sequestration Impacts on Project Management

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

How you respond to the impacts of Federal sequestration on ongoing projects will be at least partly determined by how "mature" your project management practices are.

Gartner's PPM Maturity Model is useful to review here. Gartner describes 5 levels of "maturity, with 1 being low and 5 being high:…

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At 2:43pm on September 15, 2011, GovLoop said…
Hey Dennis - doing a pretty cool event next week that seems right up your alley. It's a cool tool Bloomberg Government created to make your life easier. Only a couple seats left - RSVP today!
At 2:33pm on March 4, 2009, Chris Hoffman said…
Dennis:

Welcome to Gov Consultants 2.0! Look forward to seeing your perspective on our discussions.

Cheers,
Chris
At 5:42pm on September 24, 2008, GovLoop said…
Thanks for joining Dennis. Please introduce yourself, join the conversation , invite your colleagues , and let me know if you have any ideas on making GovLoop even better.
 
 
 

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