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Sterling Whitehead's Discussions

Best Alternative Incomes for Govies?

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Lim Nov 1, 2012. 13 Replies

We haven't had raises in a few years, so I'm wondering:What are the best alternate sources (part-time jobs, residual income, passive income, etc.) for federal employees? Sounds off below.Continue

What are the 4 Hour Work Week Agencies?

Started this discussion. Last reply by linda perry Aug 8, 2011. 15 Replies

For those of us who have read the Four Hour Work Week, we want to experience true remote work -- work anywhere in the world, remotely, and still have your boss be happy. This is possible in the…Continue

Tags: telework

HTML Code for GL Widgets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sterling Whitehead May 31, 2011. 4 Replies

The Management Concepts page and a few others have widgets that serve as hyperlinks to their website.  Does anyone…Continue

Tags: html, code

How Do You Keep Engineers from Using a Contractor's SOW?

Started Apr 27, 2011 0 Replies

Engineers will sometimes use a contractor's statement of work, whether it is a competitive or sole-source acquisition. After all, a contractor they are friends with will say "Hey, let me help you…Continue

Tags: work, statement, SOW

 

Sterling Whitehead - AKA AcqFreak

Latest Activity

Sterling Whitehead commented on Kathryn David's blog post 'Online Training: Setting the Foundation for Government Transformation (Recap)'
"What is ECM?"
Aug 24, 2013
Sterling Whitehead replied to Andrew Krzmarzick's discussion 'Federal Manager Asks: How Do I Trust My Teleworking Employees?'
"The question shouldn't be "How do you trust your employees to telework?". Rather, it should be, "Why should you not trust your employees to telework?". If you hired and trust your employees in the workplace, you should…"
Jul 9, 2013
Joshua Ladick liked Sterling Whitehead's profile
Jun 13, 2013
Sterling Whitehead posted a blog post

TurboTax for Contracts is here!

Some of us in the 1102 community have called for a TurboTax like solution to picking contract clauses for the past few years. Well, DOD has answered our prayers.http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA001481-13-DPAP.pdf See More
Apr 26, 2013
Trish Bachman commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Ruthanna Gordon's post is perfection.   Amount I spend on wine, beer, or ciggarettes a month?  0 dollars.  I suspect that for those of us already living paycheck to paycheck, the furlough means deciding which bills to put…"
Mar 5, 2013
Janina Rey Echols Harrison commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Wow Julie.  I have planned on the possibility of my son moving home with his family.  They keep cutting his hours and he keeps fighting with them to get them back.  Someplace along the line as this economy tanks, they will have to do…"
Mar 3, 2013
David B. Grinberg liked Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
Mar 2, 2013
Julie Chase commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Down here at the bottom of the food chain and outside the beltway, I plan on dropping my TSP down to 5%.  My husband retired a year ago CSRS, thank God or there would be two of us.  Our tax returns have been banked.  Both cars have…"
Mar 2, 2013
Janina Rey Echols Harrison commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"OK, it is hard enough to hit the magic number for retirement.  If you stop or even drop your TSP saving rate, you could be in deep trouble later.    If you are not a member of a credit union, join.  $5-10 a paycheck gives you…"
Feb 27, 2013
Terrence (Terry) Hill commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Good point on the matching of TSP contributions.  Another option is to borrow from TSP.  The loan rate is the rate of the G fund, which is very low, and there is a low fee (versus a home equity loan).  It is also pretty…"
Feb 26, 2013
Jeffrey Levy commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Good post.  I agree with both Ruthanna and Terrence, and I've done the things Terrence suggested.  My one caution re: TSP is don't drop below 5% so you get the max 5% match. I also suggest looking at whether you can cut back…"
Feb 26, 2013
Terrence (Terry) Hill liked Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
Feb 26, 2013
Terrence (Terry) Hill commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Good idea to post cost-savings techniques Sterling.  I have personally been saving to compensate for the furlough for the last year, and plan to save money otherwise dedicated to commuting, but some other ideas may include: Reduce your…"
Feb 26, 2013
Ruthanna Gordon commented on Sterling Whitehead's blog post 'Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester'
"Please excuse my being critical, but these suggestions don't seem well-suited to the current situation. I'm toward the higher end of the pay scale, and I'm quite certain I don't spend 20% of my budget, or anything close, on…"
Feb 26, 2013
A blog post by Sterling Whitehead was featured

Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester

The sequester is looking more likely, so what are you doing to adapt if your paycheck is cut 20%? Here are a few things you can do:Revisit your budget. Develop a new budget baseline. Include the things you absolutely must have. This means your rent/morgage, utilities, groceries and transportation budgets. Track them with Mint. What you can't track, you can't cut.Cut your luxury expenses. Calculate the amount of money you spend on wine, beer, and/or cigarettes per month. You will be very…See More
Feb 23, 2013
Sterling Whitehead posted a blog post

Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester

The sequester is looking more likely, so what are you doing to adapt if your paycheck is cut 20%? Here are a few things you can do:Revisit your budget. Develop a new budget baseline. Include the things you absolutely must have. This means your rent/morgage, utilities, groceries and transportation budgets. Track them with Mint. What you can't track, you can't cut.Cut your luxury expenses. Calculate the amount of money you spend on wine, beer, and/or cigarettes per month. You will be very…See More
Feb 23, 2013

Profile Information

Current Title:
Contract Specialist (GS-1102-09)
Current Agency or Organization
U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs
What Best Describes Your Role?
Acquisitions
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Hampden-Sydney College
B.A., General Economics
Cum laude
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Blog: www.atsterling.com
Topics I Care About
Acquisition, Career, Telework
I work for the government because:
it's fun.
My favorite public servant is:
George Washington. (He's dead, but he counts).

All Things Sterling (now at AllThingsSterling.posterous.com)

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At 5:56pm on May 11, 2011, Wyatt Kash said…

Sterling,

thanks.  Can you drop me a phone number so we can talk further?

At 4:55pm on April 20, 2011, Melinda (Breidenbach) Catapano gave Sterling Whitehead a gift
Gift
Sterling, Thanks for all your thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions and posts! I am happy to send your 1st gift for all you do to make GovLoop better, more helpful, etc. Enjoy!! Melinda
At 2:21pm on March 28, 2011, Kay Garth said…

Hi Sterling..I hope your doing weel. I'm glad to see you have a picture on your profile. Take care & be blessed!

At 2:41pm on October 7, 2010, Shannon Donelson said…
Thank you, Sterling! I'm so blessed to be here! Great to connect with you!
At 2:07pm on September 20, 2010, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
Sterling, I know we're connected on Twitter as well, but I can't seem to identify your handle and I don't see it on your GovLoop profile. What is it please?
At 3:57pm on August 27, 2010, Mike Lambert said…
Thanks, Sterling, for contributing some future blog ideas for me - I knew I could count on you. :) Talk to you soon...
At 5:22pm on August 22, 2010, Griffin Coop said…
Sterling,
Thanks for adding the wikipedia page on hermeneutics to the comments on my blog. I think that's a big help for folks who are less familiar with the subject.
At 10:44am on July 7, 2010, Tina M Borger, CPPO said…
Hi Sterling,

I'll take crazy and cool. :)

I owe you big time for asking me to be a mentor and for allowing me to mentor Candace. Actually, that's not quite right - allowing Candace and I to mentor each other. That's the key to mentoring, I think, when both parties gain from the relationship! Candace has already introduced me to so many new concepts, tools, and ideas. So have you, by the way - I want to play with Wisemapping now. :)

In the fall, I'll be ready for a new mentee. :)
At 10:39am on July 6, 2010, Noel Carr said…
Hi Sterling,

I just posted a blog entry about a Navy NMCI CLIN23 Survey.We're trying to determine what Engineering/CAD/Design software functionality is most needed through NMCI. If you can think of any colleagues who may find this survey useful, the link is:

http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/your-input-is-requested-nmci

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!
At 9:47am on June 30, 2010, Dannielle Blumenthal said…
I believe they call it "cut and paste."

Sterling Whitehead's Blog

TurboTax for Contracts is here!

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:24am 0 Comments

Some of us in the 1102 community have called for a TurboTax like solution to picking contract clauses for the past few years. Well, DOD has answered our prayers.

http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA001481-13-DPAP.pdf 

Adjust Your Budget to the Sequester

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

The sequester is looking more likely, so what are you doing to adapt if your paycheck is cut 20%? Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Revisit your budget. Develop a new budget baseline. Include the things you absolutely must have. This means your rent/morgage, utilities, groceries and transportation budgets. Track them with Mint. What you can't track, you can't cut.
  2. Cut your luxury expenses. Calculate the amount of money you spend on…
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We Need to Understand Chinese Procurement

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 7:30am 1 Comment

NCMA’s December 2012 flagship publication, Contract Management, published the article Comparative Best Practices in Public Sector Contracting — How the FAR Excels in the Socioeconomic Perspective. The piece provides a brief breakdown of five major procurement regimes including the the European Union’s Procurement Directives  used by the European Union and the U.S.’s Federal Acquisition Regulation. However,…

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What is your contracts New Year's resolution?

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 7:30am 1 Comment

You probably have a New Year’s resolution. It may be losing 15 lbs. It may be spending an extra hour each week with your family. I have a few, but one is specific to government contracting: providing better customer service. One of the recurring themes of this blog is government contract specialists are in the customer service business.  I plan to check with them on the 2nd of each month to find any opportunities for or problems with the contract. Afterwards, I will record that I checked…

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