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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

DorobekINSIDER Live: Wearable Technology -- Let Fashion Rule

A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER was held Wednesday. We're LIVE! We host these events once each month this year.…

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Added by Drew Doggett on June 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Networx Data Shapes our Understanding of Telecommunications

Big data is being used to help transform government by revealing information and patterns that can bring innovation, better services, and smarter decisions.

To effectively use big data, we must be willing to collect, analyze, and share the information we discover. You already know about some of the ways we’re helping the government buy smarter through big data: GWAC Prices Paid Tool, horizontal and vertical pricing in Schedule 70, and Reverse Auction pricing…

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Added by Mary Davie ITS on June 18, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Leading Across Boundaries in an Era of Complex Challenges

Governments today face serious, seemingly intractable public management issues that go to the core of effective governance and leadership. Government leaders are presented with difficult choices, but also unprecedented opportunities. The right kind of leadership approach and style can drive change in government.…

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Added by Michael J. Keegan on June 16, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

A Pivotal Period for Afghanistan: Interview with Larry Sampler, assistant to the USAID Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan

In advance of the Afghan Presidential election run-off scheduled for June 14, Larry Sampler, assistant to the USAID Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan join me on The Business of Government to explore how USAID has sought to promote stability and order in Afghanistan and what is USAID's three-fold transition strategy. The following is an…
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Added by Michael J. Keegan on June 11, 2014 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

Little Rock, AR: Making Neighborhoods Safer

Cities depend on the local government to keep crime at bay. But Life Run Well magazine reports, “Little Rock, AR, was inundated with complaints from residents about nuisance problems—primarily code enforcement and…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on June 6, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Help Us Shape the Future

Here in ITS, we’re reevaluating our approach to strategic sourcing by focusing on category management, which will help transform government IT acquisition and improve the value we provide to our customers. We can’t succeed without your feedback on the best ways to improve our performance. We are counting on you—our customers and industry partners—to identify…

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Added by Mary Davie ITS on June 3, 2014 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Is Strategic Sourcing Money in the Bank for Agencies?

Did you know that one of the biggest procurement programs underway is happening at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)?

"The Professional and Technical Support Services Contract Vehicle (also known as Pro-Tech) will be awarded next year for a five-year, $5 billion program. It…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on June 3, 2014 at 10:59am — 2 Comments

Organizational Project Management – How OPM Connects Strategy to Results

By Michael Ipsaro, PMP, CCE/A

At a recent conference, I attended a break out session that focused on Organizational Project Management (OPM) and project methodologies, specifically an overall approach to implementing them as a practice standard, and the benefits of doing so.  The presenters spoke about…

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Added by Tracey Wright on May 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

More than 90% of Gov IT Projects Fail – Eeek!

We don’t have to tell you about the challenges facing public sector IT – and Healthcare.gov was just one of the more visible procurement hurdles. The Public Spend Forum has published a study, “Billions in the Balance: Removing Barriers to Competition and Driving Innovation in Public Sector IT Markets,” – and the…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on May 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Requirements Development is Key to Successful Software Development Acquisition

By Tom Colangelo

Anyone who keeps up with national news is aware of a recent problematic major website deployment.  Media pundits were quick to blame leadership problems.  A noted information technology pundit pointed to acquisition and…

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Added by Tracey Wright on May 22, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

New Report on Government IT: Billions in the Balance

Public Spend Forum is excited to release our study of IT procurement in the federal government, "Billions in the Balance: Removing Barriers to Competition and Driving Innovation in the Public-Sector IT Market." The report is the result of months of research and dozens of interviews, and can be …

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Added by Jonathan Messinger on May 21, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Alliant GWAC Five Years Later: Usage, savings, and efficiency just keep getting better

Five years ago, GSA’s Integrated Technology Services (ITS) team had an ambitious vision: to create a governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) to meet all of the federal government’s IT services needs. But primarily ITS wanted to save time and money by eliminating the need for agencies to create their own contracts. That vision and commitment created the GSA Alliant GWAC.

Today, $16.5 billion and 54 agencies later, Alliant continues to provide…

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Added by Mary Davie ITS on May 21, 2014 at 8:06am — No Comments

When COTS Does -- and Doesn't -- Make Sense



In my previous post, I talked about the benefits of having a skunk works of federal developers. How can this team help with your Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software choices? Your internal development team cannot (and should…

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Added by Chaeny Emanavin on May 14, 2014 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

The Case for More In-House Development: How a Skunk Works Saves Money in the Long Run

On the surface it makes perfect sense. Outsource your development efforts. When the development is done, the contract developers leave and you’re not paying for their time. Makes more efficient use of your IT dollars! Better! Faster! Cheaper! However, not having skilled developers available misses out on an essential skill set to make your organization truly…

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Added by Chaeny Emanavin on May 11, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Procurement Summit – How to Empower the CIO

Twenty years ago the government created the role of the Chief Information Officer. But now, two decades later, there’s still a real disconnected between procurement and IT. Procurement systems simply cannot keep up with the pace of the technology. Need proof? Just look at the rollout of healthcare.gov. Many experts say…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

If government procurement is broken, fix it - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • 70 percent of federal employees do not believe promotions in their work unit are based on merit, and only 43 percent of employees surveyed feel as though they are recognized for doing a good job. Something needs to change in the civil service – and it needs to happen now.…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on April 24, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

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