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National Equal Pay Day Retrospective: White House to EEOC

President John F. Kennedy signed the landmark Equal Pay Act back in 1963 (pictured above in an Oval Office signing ceremony).

Yet more than half a century later there…


Added by David B. Grinberg on April 8, 2014 at 8:39pm — 4 Comments

Four Leadership Lessons from my Daughter’s Basketball Team

My daughter’s basketball team lost eight games in a row this season, which is quite a shift from last season when they came in second in the division championship. 


The main difference this year is they lost their star player. While it provided a great opportunity for the players to take a more active role in the game, it was a hard transition. They had to learn how to function as a team without their go-to player.


Despite week after week of losses, the girls…


Added by Lisa Roepe on February 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Why You’re Really Hitting The Snooze Button

Millions of people watched Gwen Dean as she quit her job as an engineer in a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl last week. Gwen’s dream was to start a puppeteer business, and with the help of, she is doing just that. Over 17 million of us have watched Marina Shifrin’s “I quit” video announcing her resignation from her role at a Taiwanese animation firm. Shifrin’s move landed her countless job…


Added by Kristina Marzullo on February 5, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

A Breakthrough Year for America

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama covered a lot of ground around topics like jobs and the economy, immigration, education, and energy. As with many of these addresses in the past, regardless who was serving as our country’s Chief of Staff, there are several mixed reviews of what the President had to say. Some may support the proposed initiatives highlighted last night, while others may have…


Added by Kristina Marzullo on January 29, 2014 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Does Management Matter?

A recent news story of how the on-line shoe company Zappos has eliminated the position of manager has raised again the question of whether management matters.  A new Harvard Business Review article says “yes,” and they have the data to prove it.




Added by John Kamensky on January 15, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

President Obama: End Unfairness, Bullying and Retaliation by Public Officials

May 15, 2013, will mark the 11th anniversary of the Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act.  Congressed passed No FEAR on May 15, 2002, after hearing testimony that federal workforce abuse reduces government's ability to effectively execute with integrity essential programs such as waste management, pollution prevention, water treatment, food inspection, Medicare, social security and disaster assistance.  President George W. Bush signed the Act into law…


Added by Ward Jordan on January 5, 2014 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

6 Obstacles Facing Women in Federal Workplace Examined in New Report

Are working women better off in the public sector or the private sector?

A new report by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…


Added by David B. Grinberg on December 12, 2013 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Survey Shows Agencies Confident in Meeting 2015 Spending Target

A joint survey by Grant Thornton and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis shows agency budget managers are confident their organizations can meet federally-mandated budget caps in fiscal 2015, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

More than two-thirds of survey respondents show signs of optimism for the next fiscal year's budget…


Added by Ross Wilkers on December 2, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

The Importance of Project Schedule in Government Program Management

The government runs on programs. Studies have shown effective program management saves the government time, and money. In a fiscal environment dominated by sequestration, how do program managers stay above the fray? In this four-part series we’ll take a look at managing schedule, cost, scope, and quality. We’ll give you valuable tips and feedback to help you move critical programs forward despite the challenges.


Time is money. A project that stays on…


Added by Lindy Kyzer on November 25, 2013 at 10:33am — No Comments

GSA Issues Call to Landowners for New FBI HQ Location Ideas

The General Services Administration is looking for a new location that would function as a consolidated headquarters for the FBI.

Landowners in the District of Columbia and neighboring counties have been asked to submit proposals for the new site and GSA will accept submissions through Dec. 17.

“GSA seeks to identify sites that would be acceptable to include in a future competitive procurement that will provide the best deal for taxpayers,” GSA…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 18, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

CBO Tags Issa-Connolly IT Reform Bill at $145B

The Congressional Budget Office estimates a bill to amend laws regulating how the federal government acquires and manages information technology would cost nearly $145 billion to implement for fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

That bill would use pay-as-you-go procedures for funding and agencies not affected by annual appropriations could feel effects on direct spending, CBO said…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Audit Outlines Missed IT Savings Chances for Agencies

Government Accountability Office report says federal agencies have largely not developed comprehensive plans to consolidate information technology systems under the PortfolioStat initiative, Nextgov reported Wednesday.…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 11, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Report: $20B Up for Grabs in Upcoming NIH IT Competition

Both technology manufacturers and resellers will compete under a potential 10-year, $20 billion government-wide information technology contract vehicle run by a National Institutes of Health office, the Washington Post …


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 11, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

DISA Shutters Ohio, Penn. Data Centers

The Defense Information Systems Agency has moved to consolidate its data centers and information technology infrastructures as part of efforts to reduce operational costs.

DISA moved the operations of its data centers in Dayton, Ohio and Chambersburg, Pa. into the Defense Enterprise Computing Centers on Oct. 1, the agency …


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 1, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

GSA: 32% of Data Centers Shuttered During FY 2013

The General Services Administration has moved to close 37 data centers and consolidate information technology systems as part of agency efforts to reduce its footprint and costs.

GSA shut 32 percent of its non-core data centers in fiscal year 2013 as part of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative aimed at cutting real estate costs and energy…


Added by Ross Wilkers on October 31, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

GSA Selects Agency 'Green' Building Standards

The General Services Administration has recommended two green building certification systems for agencies to follow for construction and renovation projects.

GSA chose the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes and the LEED system from the U.S. Green Building Council after reviewing input from the public and stakeholders, the agency …


Added by Ross Wilkers on October 28, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments

GSA Asks Industry for Climate Change Mgmt Ideas

The General Services Administration‘s acquisition management office conducting market research into services meant to help other agencies manage the impact of climate change on their missions.

Contractors would provide services to support a federal action plan intended to help identify risks and opportunities associated with the changing climate, the…


Added by Ross Wilkers on October 22, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Combating Erosion of Trust AFTER the Government Shutdown

This weeks post was written by How Gov Leads author Amber Hansen. Read more about trust and leadership in the government at We'll continue our series on Trust for two more weeks.

With the government shutdown in its…


Added by Kristina Marzullo on October 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MeriTalk: 74% of Federal Cyber Pros Focus on Data Theft Defense

A new MeriTalk survey of 100 federal government cybersecurity workers says close to three quarters of professionals have put data theft prevention at the top of their list of priorities.

Seventy-four percent of those respondents said their top priority was to stop data theft but ensuring a user-friendly experience was the lowest-rated priority, with 40 percent calling it a…


Added by Ross Wilkers on October 15, 2013 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Experts Highlight Uncertainty as Primary Shutdown Effect

Some analysts believe the federal shutdown's effects on contractors will linger even after the government reopens and resolves the dispute over the debt ceiling, Bloomberg reported Thursday.…


Added by Ross Wilkers on October 14, 2013 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

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