“Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
- Dale Carnegie
Government employees spent a lot of time in meetings. Stepping up your game at these meetings is not hard. When you do, it can have a positive effect on your career and can make meetings fun.
People have crafted all kinds of cool ways to…Continue
The explosion in the amount of data generated each year has led many leaders in the public sector to re-think how they collect, store, and analyze data. Numerous government agencies are using analytics, to help sort through all of that data and gain insights that will ultimately help them improve upon the work that they're doing.
Analytics can be defined as “the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based…Continue
Added by Ami Wazlawik on December 10, 2012 at 2:23pm — No Comments
Lately, Amazon has been catering to the high number of government customers that depend on the site. A respectable 1,800 government employees are regular Amazon visitors, and the site is committed to providing a stellar experience for civil servants. The majority of these visitors (1,500) are educational employees who are quickly adopting cloud computing. Thus…Continue
Added by Shane Jones on December 4, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments
In the wake of the Open Government Directive issued by President Obama in December of 2009, agencies have been working to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. However, do we want our National Security Agency (NSA) being transparent about all of their defense tactics and cyber plans?
Does sharing all of this information mean that everyone has access to it? Do we really want potential enemies and hackers to have information…Continue
When disasters strike towns and cities, 911 centers quickly become inundated with calls beyond those that are truly life-threatening situations. The result is that emergency response is delayed which can sometimes lead to deadly consequences. A case in point is a story in the New York Post about how New York City’s 911 center was “swamped” by non-emergency calls and how it “failed as a lifeline for…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Hoffman on December 3, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments
President Obama said in his first post-election press conference that he was going to ask Governor Romney’s advice on government reform. There has been a lot of advice developed in recent months! Here are some potential resources for them to draw upon.
If President Obama meets with Governor Romney to discuss ways to reform the operations of the federal…Continue
Added by John Kamensky on November 20, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments
Federal Security Standard Assures Iron-clad Security and Reliability for Government Organizations
Belkin Enterprise, a trusted leader of customer-driven computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, today announced that its USB Smart Card and Common Access Card (CAC) Reader is now FIPS 201 (Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201) compliant and is listed on the GSA FIPS 201 Products List (APL). Belkin's USB Smart Card and CAC…Continue
Added by DC Nelson on November 15, 2012 at 6:15pm — No Comments
By Ken Gold, Director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University
President Obama’s reelection means that a major assault on federal pay and benefits, which many feared would be a part of a Romney-Ryan…Continue
The Obama Administration should consider implementing a President’s Management Agenda (PMA) in its second term. The PMA structure used during the Bush administration clearly articulated management goals in areas such as financial accountability, human resources, competitive sourcing, e.government, and budget and performance integration. The PMA scorecard provided transparency with respect to status and results and…Continue
Chicken Little squawked about the sky falling. Pundits warn about the Fiscal Cliff. But federal agencies nearly every year hold up the sky while walking on the edge of a cliff. This is the world of Continuing Resolutions and Government Shutdowns.
In only four cases since 1975 has Congress passed all appropriation bills before the beginning of the fiscal year. In some years, like 1996, inaction led to agencies suspending operations. This year, Congress adopted a…Continue
Added by John Kamensky on November 13, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments
My colleague Kevin Drummond, a Senior Acquisition Analyst, was asked to come up with his top career advice for yesterday's Career Fair panel at the NCMA Government Contracts Management Conference. Here's what he wrote in our Integrity Matters blog. Do you agree?
I have many friends and colleagues in the Federal Government and the industry that…Continue
The book shows not only how break into the federal market (with its $1 trillion in contracts, grants, and loans) but how to use a replicable system to achieve the triple-digit growth rates that fastest-growing companies in the government market boast. It shows how to get a slice of a trillion-dollar pie, instead of the mere crumbs, adding multiple millions of dollars to your company’s annual revenue stream.
The book is in the final stages of publishing and will be available in about 2…Continue
Added by Olessia Smotrova-Taylor on November 7, 2012 at 10:19am — No Comments
Academics don’t always speak the same language as practitioners. But they oftentimes have useful ideas to convey. So how do we bridge the gap between research and practice?
I’ve been asked to participate as a “practitioner” on a discussion panel at the upcoming conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) It is a high-powered conference of top academics from around the U.S. and this particular…Continue
Hurricane Sandy, the Super Storm that slammed into the Eastern Seaboard early last week, left behind a wave of destruction in its path. Cities like New York, Atlantic City, Hoboken, Philadelphia and hundreds more are dealing with flooding, power outages,and destructive fires as a result. The cost of the damage left behind is estimated to be anywhere between …Continue
Added by Elizabeth Hoffman on November 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
I thought the infographic below (and associated blog post) might be of interest to Govloop subscribers. We have created the infographic below for local government. Like many organisations across other industries, local governments have started to use social media cautiously in recent years.
Too often, local governments only consider social media as an outbound communication medium. Taking this approach means that local governments miss out on massive opportunities to engage all…Continue
Added by fcoleman on November 5, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
Marketing to the government is very different than marketing to commercial customers. With most commercial customers, you can wine, dine, and entertain them. Not so with the government. If you do, there are two outcomes: government personnel will either start avoiding you outright because they will know that you don’t know how to work with the government, or they might be corrupt and accept your gifts—and when that gets out in the open, you will lose your job, and your company will…Continue
Added by Olessia Smotrova-Taylor on October 30, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments
This Halloween is shaping up to be a lot spookier for those on the East Coast. If you're following the latest NOAA hurricane trackers, Hurricane Sandy is indeed turning inland and will affect several states along the…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Hoffman on October 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Competitive analysis is your measuring stick against the rest of the world. To use a boxing analogy: your form may look impressive when you are boxing a punching bag, but it cannot hit you back. There are also no surprises and no unknowns. Ultimately, to see what you are made of, you have to be pitted against an opponent. Your capabilities, in and of themselves, may be impressive, but would they stand up to your leaner and meaner opponents? Let’s look at the reasons why you should mind your…Continue
Added by Olessia Smotrova-Taylor on October 25, 2012 at 9:53am — No Comments
The 2012-13 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Awards for
Distinguished DC Government Employees
Mark your calendar now to nominate an exemplary DC government employee for The 2012-13 Morris &…Continue
Added by CEPL on October 24, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments