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How Agencies Can Take a New Approach on Procurement

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”


This common phrase can be said for a lot of bureaucratic procedures: they’re slow to change and can eventually fall into a rut.


Like any change-adverse person, federal agencies have become too comfortable with an old-school procurement process.…


Added by Corinne Stubbs on August 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Federal Talent Acquisition -- Analytics and Location, the Next Frontier

As is often the case, I read with interest Meghan Biro’s recent column in Forbes – Big, Bad Data: How Talent Analytics Will Make It Work In HR. It caught my attention with…


Added by Joe Abusamra on August 25, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Moving on Up: Advancing Your Government Career

We're all looking to advance our skills, get better at our current job and move up the leadership ladder, but how do you actually do it? Moderated by Steve Ressler, Founder and CEO of Govloop, our online training featured two career coaches who answered your…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Always The Best Deal?

By Cindy Wilkins, Sr. Program Analyst

In the current fiscal environment, there is an even stronger focus on being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. That is certainly commendable and definitely what is expected by John Q. Public. The recent trend to uphold that trust placed in the Government has been…


Added by Tracey Wright on August 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Talent Acquisition -- Forget The System, Define The Process

As the market for talent acquisition software evolves, government agencies typically move through a process of identification, proposals, testing and selection to determine the best fit for their organization. There are the usual RFIs, RFPs, solution bake offs and pilot testing, with the…


Added by Joe Abusamra on August 14, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Open Source First

It was great to see the recent blog of US General Services Administration (GSA) CIO Sonny Hashmi in which he establishes “open source first” as an agency policy:

“Simply put, any solution developed using taxpayer dollars should be in the taxpayer’s domain (open source). At GSA, we believe that all code we developed should be shared under an open license so others may benefit from…


Added by Rolando Penate on August 13, 2014 at 3:44pm — No Comments

IT Solutions with an Eye towards Speed, Savings, Efficiency

When I meet with agency customers, I hear about the struggles we face to get IT acquisitions done efficiently and smoothly.

Most government agencies–federal, state or local—face similar acquisition problems:

  • How do we acquire IT faster?
  • How can we continue to find savings?
  • Can you make it easier to acquire mission-critical IT solutions?
  • Can you help us meet annual small business goals?
  • Can you help us meet…

Added by Mary Davie ITS on August 13, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Government is Hiring! But Where?

While it may appear that the size of the federal workforce has shrunk to the size of a thumbtack, many agencies are still looking to hire bright candidates.


But the changing economy has forced management to alter their hiring process in favor of a more strategic one.


Hiring employees…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 5, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Federal Agencies and Budget Cuts -– A Proactive Solution

This week the Federal Times  reported that federal hiring is now at its lowest level in almost 10 years, with just about every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees. The Times…


Added by Joe Abusamra on July 31, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Identifying an Agency's Critical Talent — Key to Talent Management Success

Organizations seem to be understanding that identifying their critical talent is important to achieving their goals. However, there is often still a lack of organizational focus on implementing processes for true talent identification.

Part of the problem rests in the fact that many businesses and…


Added by Joe Abusamra on July 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

If You Want to Innovate, Collaborate

TaskRabbit began six years ago as an online marketplace where users can outsource small jobs to others in the surrounding community. From buying your dog food, to picking up your dry cleaning, to installing your Ikea furniture, or cleaning your oven, the site contracts out any chore you can imagine. Now…


Added by Drew Doggett on July 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Double Down Strategy of Contract Management Risk

By Mike Ipsaro, PMP, CCE/A

In blackjack, there is a strategy known as doubling down, in which players double their bet to get one more card in addition to their two card hand. Doubling down increases players’ chances of winning, just like risk management increases the chances of success during a…


Added by Tracey Wright on July 28, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

How to be a Changemaker Within Your Agency


Russell Maltiempo, Project Manager (FDIC)

Emily Doughtry, Special Assistant (EPA)

Lorena Molina-Irizarry, Hispanic Employment Program Manager (HEPM)

Laura Kunkel, Special Assistant at HUD

Steve Ressler, Founder of Govloop (Moderator)

The panelists and their…


Added by Jemile Safaraliyeva on July 28, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Acquisitions: The Next Hot Area for Government Employment?

It's that time of year again! The next two days we'll be blogging from GovLoop and YGL's Next Generation of Government Training Summit. Follow along @NextGenGov and read more blog posts here.

NextGen Break-Out Session#…


Added by Kate M. Long on July 24, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Federal Agency Hiring – Steps to Better Candidate Assessment

Even before President Obama’s 2010 initiative to remove the obstacles in the federal government’s antiquated hiring process, agencies’ HR departments looked for ways to improve the assessment process to enhance both the applicant experience and the agencies’ chance of identifying top talent. With the OPM’s…


Added by Joe Abusamra on July 24, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments

Federal Talent Management – Seeing Beyond Recruitment

As Federal agencies grapple with multiple challenges, from finding top talent in the face of rising competition from the private sector, to the retirement tsunami and budget challenges, an emphasis is typically, and not unexpectedly, placed on talent acquisition. The challenges in this process are not…


Added by Joe Abusamra on July 22, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Spend Your Present Preparing for Your Future

Young Government Leaders (YGL) and GovLoop present the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement. The 4th Annual NextGen Public Service Awards will be given at the 2014 NextGen Award’s Ceremony, which will kick off the NextGen Training Summit on July 23rd in Washington, DC. We have 18 finalists in six different categories. All month long we will be introducing you to the…


Added by Drew Doggett on July 21, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Fear of the FAR – Is It Getting in the Way of Doing Business?

By Craig Taylor, PMP

Do 1,883 pages of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), comprised of 53 different Parts, dozens of forms, and a correction page feel like something to be feared? Does it keep you from buying what you need to support your agency?

Many government decision-makers look at…


Added by Tracey Wright on July 11, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

Federal Government Talent Acquisition — Streamlining the Process

Like many (some would say most or all) aspects of the United States Federal government, human capital management can prove to be more complex and more difficult to change for an agency than that of the private sector. Budget constraints, ingrained and inflexible procedures, limited staffing, complicated application…


Added by Joe Abusamra on July 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Three R’s of Acquisition Reform

Acquisition Reform – Industry experts have compared it to Groundhog Day and a complicated system of pendulums shifting between priorities.  The descriptions may differ but one thing most agree on is that with federal acquisition becoming ever more complex, fixing it…


Added by Tracey Wright on June 19, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

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