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 —
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told House lawmakers Thursday the Defense Department was forced to shed $600 million in civilian services for national security objectives as a result of the shutdown, American Forces Press Service reports.
“The lapse forces us to waste a good deal of the… Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 11, 2013 at 10:45am —
The office responsible for the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s contracting functions has released a draft request for proposals for a potential five-year, $6 billion contract covering information technology services for defense and intelligence agencies.
Large and small businesses will be considered for the Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology… Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 11, 2013 at 10:26am —
As I was sifting through updates on Facebook last night, I came across an interesting photo that one of my friends “Liked” on her Facebook page. The picture was of a letter sent from Republican Congresswoman, Ann Wagner, to Dan Strodel, Chief Administrative Officer, requesting that her pay be withheld throughout the shutdown. Ann’s request is not a common one but struck me as an excellent indication of her leadership style.… Continue
Added by Kristina Marzullo on October 9, 2013 at 1:48pm —
Preparing for and writing a bid proposal can be a long and stressful time for many business owners looking to enter the world of government contracting. With so many details and usually a several people involved in the process it’s easy to make a mistake or two along the way. Here are is a list of some things you should avoid when writing and submitting your proposal, as well as easy fixes to keep your bid from the…
Added by Jen Clement on October 9, 2013 at 1:30pm —
Continuing to provide adequate services in the face of unprecedented across-the-board cuts; a declining, dispirited workforce; and growing financial and other management requirements is the top concern of Federal Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), according to the 18th annual federal CFO Survey conducted by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) in partnership with Grant Thornton LLP. CFOs crave a clear and consistent framework that helps them set priorities and accomplish goals… Continue
Added by Jennifer Curtin on October 9, 2013 at 8:56am —
Chief information officers within the Defense Department could not be protected from furlough exemptions outlined under the Pay Our Military Act, the American Forces Press Service reports.
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters Sunday that Internet protocol and cyber functions were… Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 8, 2013 at 2:59pm —
Many thanks to my friends at the EPA and USCG who joined together and ran through lower Manhattan in the Federal Furlough 5K on Friday, October 4, 2013.… Continue
Added by Benjamin Strong on October 7, 2013 at 11:32am —
The General Services Administration could reduce the scope of or terminate some existing contracts with the Public Building Service as a result of the government shutdown.
Jennifer Smith, PBS acting deputy assistant commissioner for acquisition management, told industry partners in an… Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 4, 2013 at 2:35pm —
Attention New York area Feds! Come join us for theFederal Furlough 5K. Friday, October 4th at noon. Meet at the Alexander Hamilton Custom House in Bowling Green. No parking, take the 4/5 subway and exit at Bowling Green. Wear your red, white, and blue and lets show New York that Federal employees are regular people.
Besides, fitness helps reduce stress. We'll find a watering hole after for… Continue
Added by Benjamin Strong on October 3, 2013 at 3:02pm —
Unexpected high school football head injury looks a lot like Dad’s job
For six months my 15-year-old… Continue
Added by Lance A. Simon on October 2, 2013 at 12:21pm —
Last week I wrote a blog about how the instability in our political system that is causing this shutdown is the new normal. Soon after writing that blog, I saw a story in the New York Times entitled: Cruz, Tea Party Hero, Rankles Senate G.O.P. Colleagues. It is definitely worth a read and encapsulates the current dilemma many institutions are facing.… Continue
Added by Alan Pentz on October 1, 2013 at 1:30pm —
Yesterday I received the following message from a Linkedin contact: Continue
Dear LinkedIn Friend
I hope you may be able to help me…
Over the coming weeks the Joondalup community will decide who will lead their City for the next four years when Local Government elections are held via postal vote. All electors residing within the City of Joondalup will receive their ballot paper from Wednesday 2 October and I am seeking support…
Added by Craig Thomler on September 25, 2013 at 6:53pm —
The Brookings Institution has launched a new research center under its governance studies program that will work to help identify and solve challenges in the public sector. Continue
The Center for Effective Public Management will seek to identify the country’s top governance and political issues of the day and involve leaders and domestic policy experts from the government and…
Added by Ross Wilkers on September 25, 2013 at 11:45am —
There are a lot of federal government contractors/consultants in Washington, DC and throughout the country. And there are a lot of people who don’t like them. I’m one too, but don’t hold it against me. These are the top five complaints I hear a lot and a little background on each:
1. All they care about is billing hours. Another version of this is all they care about is money and profits. I think this one depends on whom you are talking about. The CEO of a big… Continue
Added by Alan Pentz on September 24, 2013 at 1:26pm —
Here We Go Again.
News reports have been chattering about a possible government shutdown since July. Both Democrats and Republicans have been posturing and saber-rattling and making a lot of noise, but none of them bother to explain what that means for the public.
First, some background. Each federal fiscal, or budget, year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. Fiscal year 2013 began on October 1, 2012 and ends… Continue
Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on September 23, 2013 at 6:34pm —
Six companies will participate in a government-and-industry partnership run by NASA as the agency aims to move forward composite materials research and certification.
A panel of officials from NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory reviewed proposals from 20 companies and assessed them according to technical expertise… Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on September 23, 2013 at 3:13pm —
The notion of e-governance has become prominent in recent years. Agencies around the world are now implementing technology into how they function and deliver services to citizens. Their objective: to distribute information more effectively, universally, and clearly to people.
While the Internet undoubtedly fostered the evolution of e-governance, a new development has emerged that can maximize the vision of e-governance in a way that is cost-efficient, as well as quick-and-easy to… Continue
Added by Mike Baer on September 20, 2013 at 10:14am —
It’s time we start treating our data with the same love and respect that geeks treat their code. It’s time that we begin treating data as open source, not simply as something to be published.
Putting process on a pedestal
Geeks learned some two-decades ago that precision and transparency are everything. If so much as a single character is off, entire programs come crashing to a halt. It’s essential that developers can instantly discern… Continue
Added by Benjamin J. Balter on September 17, 2013 at 10:48am —
Driving to work today, I was listening to a popular talk radio station that led discussions focused on September 11. Likely so, as today marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed our nation. Specific conversations on this radio show centered on effective methods to weaken terrorist groups, potential new attacks using biological weapons, and how Americans are remembering those lost in the… Continue
Added by Kristina Marzullo on September 11, 2013 at 12:51pm —