With the stagnant economy, cost control has become the new mantra of every business. Businesses are deploying various strategies to contain costs and maintain profitability. Amongst such strategies is control and visibility into spending with external suppliers.
Spend analytics is the process of aggregating, cleansing, and analyzing corporate spending data for the purpose of reducing costs and improving operational performance. According to…
Added by Kara Batt on August 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rolando Penate on August 13, 2014 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Messages from government leaders can also run the risk of a telephone-esque misunderstanding.
Added by Emily Jarvis on August 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Performance-based budgeting or budgeting for outcomes (BFO) has taken center stage and not in the best light. Earlier this summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced the world to BFO — the idea of linking spending to performance — and showed how unrealistic goals, inadequately managed performance measurement…Continue
Added by Kara Batt on August 6, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments
“Emotional intelligence.” The phrase conjures the image of a therapist and a couch, but in reality being more emotionally intelligent you can help relieve stress, help you communicate effectively, help you empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Being emotionally intelligent is one of the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 31, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Joe Abusamra on July 31, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on July 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
He who controls the budget, controls where it’s going.
Know the rules and move mountains.
Edward Brigham, AABPA Speakers Bureau Coordinator and John Stehle, Senior Analyst for the Government Accountability Office focused on these two concepts during this 101 session on the budget at this year's NextGenGov Summit in Washington.
Ed and John encouraged the room of the importance of taking time to learn and understand the budget…Continue
Added by Jemile Safaraliyeva on July 28, 2014 at 1:37am — No Comments
Why can’t our government be more like Silicon Valley? With all the innovation and technological…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on July 25, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments
Kiyona Miah, Program Analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau, has a secret confidence killer.…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on July 25, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments
This morning Joshua Huder, Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute, joined us to…Continue
Added by Mark Bardwell on July 25, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
“If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together.” –African…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We meet every month with the simple idea, get smart people together and share ideas because we believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
We depend on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect our health by providing information and regulation for drugs and medical devices. But sometimes when times get tough, the FDA needs to depend on someone as well.
Marcia Crosse, Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the Health Care team, is that pillar. She believes that the role…Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on July 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Tomorrow, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is an amazing document written by bright and determined individuals who wanted to throw off the yoke of servitude from the British crown.
It, of course, was signed on July 4, 1776. But five months later, it looked as if the American Revolution was near extinction as David McCullough excellent book, 1776, points out. The Continental army was defeated or retreated from a number of…Continue
Approximately once a month, I get an email from a family member or friend that goes something like "My cousin/neighbor/babysitter is really interested in federal jobs. S/he can't figure out the process. Can you give her some inside guidance?"
Whether OPM wants to admit it or not, the process is still way too confusing for outsiders. They don't know what job series they qualify for, can't figure out what grade they could qualify as, and sure don't understand KSAs. Most of the job…
Here's a FABULOUS ARTICLE for future Govies!
Reprint of an article on LinkedIn by Elizabeth…
Added by Doris Tirone on July 1, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
The problems the government faces are now bigger and more complicated than ever before. Just look at the healthcare, immigration, regulation or even the federal pay debate. No longer do problems fit nicely into one agency or department.
Therefore, the need for collaboration is more…Continue
Some state governments are not making it easy for their elected officials or their citizens to see where money is being spent and what results are being achieved.
Consider this latest example. The actual name of the state has been omitted, as it would be a terrible embarrassment to its statewide elected leaders, its legislature, and, of course, its citizens.
One state, in response to a simple query for expenses across all agencies,…Continue
Added by David K. Rehr on June 26, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments
During my time in National Defense University’s Advanced Management Program (41), I took a great course on the balanced scorecard technique. Generally speaking, it is a technique for senior management to measure how well strategic initiatives are performing. However, project managers can use the technique to help steer any project towards success.
Added by Chaeny Emanavin on June 25, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments