Added by Emily Jarvis on February 7, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Every summer, my family would load into our minivan and journey more than 21 hours to my grandparents house in Denver, Colorado. As you can imagine, 21 hours in car with four younger brothers is a nightmare. The only way I was able to distract myself, was to track our progress on the massive nation-wide…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on February 6, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Do you ever feel like your boss is playing favorites? We all can fall into the trap of thinking our boss prefers our co-workers, or that our bosses hate us. This thought process happens to everyone, right? Not just me? Ok, good. I was worried for a second there. Favoritism in the office can be a real issue. So, how do you deal with the perceptions and realities of favoritism?…Continue
I f you ask 20 people to define open government, you will get 20 different responses. The lack of uniformed definitions makes implementing open government services very difficult. It would be like asking a pastry chef to bake a cherry pie and then providing 20 different recipes.…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on February 4, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
"It’s the year 2043 and Cheryl, a 60-year-old public works employee with 30 years of service, has just reviewed her retirement savings with a financial adviser. She is surprised that she will need to work several more years to reach her retirement income goals. “My father retired from city government after 25 years and had a comfortable retirement,” she said ruefully. 'What happened?'"
That's a great question. Between 2009 and 2012, 45…Continue
Going to college is an exciting, terrifying and downright confusing time for students and parents alike. Choosing the right college is a difficult choice. Paying for that college is tricky and figuring out student aid is almost impossible. That is why the White House Innovation fellows were tasked with opening up Education Department data to help private companies develop tools and apps to help.
James Sanders is on the Presidential Innovation Fellow team. Sanders…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 31, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments
If you were scrolling through government publications in the wake of the Tuesday's State of the Union, you were probably not surprised to see headlines decrying the lack of mentions of feds or government reforms in the speech. Besides a reform to contractor pay and a new focus on permitting challenges, actual government reforms were hard to find. But maybe we (govies) weren't looking for the right things.
Jitinder Kohli is a Director at Deloitte. He told…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 30, 2014 at 12:38pm — No Comments
You may scoff, but in my opinion, very few employees are as tough and resilient as government employees. In the past year, feds have been furloughed, sequestered and had their pay frozen, and yet when the shutdown shuttered government offices for much of the month of October, most feds, caught in partisan politics, just wanted to return to work.
It is that single minded determination that is often overlooked by the media and the public at large. Last night's…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 29, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments
Hiring is one of the biggest challenges in government. Getting the right people in the right position is key for an effective government. Just as hiring the right NIH scientist is key to curing disease so too is hiring the right procurement…Continue
Healthcare.gov has been a massive contracting challenge from the onset. What went wrong? "Contractors have pointed the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
When you think of well designed and easily accessible websites, government examples probably don't come to mind first. You probably think of Apple or CNN, but that is what the VA Modernization Team is trying to fix. The team is part of the second round of the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program, and…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 24, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments
Conference spending at four agencies fell 88 percent from fiscal 2010 to 2012, according to a report released Jan. 3 and those agencies…Continue
The political weight of Healthcare.gov placed a global spotlight on the some of the issues plaguing federal IT. Federal budget cuts, slow adoption rates and long procurement cycles have forced agency CIOs to maintain 30 year-old piecemeal legacy systems rather than invest in new technologies.
Despite the effectiveness of some legacy systems, federal agencies spent over $50B on operational expenses in…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 17, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Pay for performance has been around for a long time in government, there was a lot of hype surrounding pay for performance especially when Al Gore unveiled his Reinventing Government Plan in the 90s. Pay for success builds on pay for performance but alters it slightly. Instead of…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
"The federal government shed 2,000 jobs in December, ending 2013 with a net loss of 79,000 positions, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total federal workforce -- including military personnel and USPS employees -- sits around 4.3 million. But that number is expected to shrink in the next few years." - Government Executive.
Personnel is shrinking…Continue
2014 could be a big year in government management, procurement and implementation of the cloud. Why? Dan Chenok is the Executive Director for IBM’s Center for the Business of Government. He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that 2014 may the year for comprehensive IT reform?…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 14, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 13, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments
New year, new financial priorities? Every year millions of American pledge to lose weight, hit the gym and save money. But retirement savings can be confusing and downright complicated, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is here to help.
Kim Weaver is the Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She told Chris Dorobek on the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 13, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Every year the Bethesda chapter of AFCEA hosts the A Night for the Children Gala. The annual event helps raise money for the Children's Inn at NIH and the House of Ruth. If you haven't heard about either organization, you are missing out. The Children's Inn houses kids and…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on January 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments