Posts By Claudia Hosky

Treasury Appointee Does Double Duty

Nani Coloretti, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at Treasury, didn’t come to Washington expecting to set up a governmen agency from scratch. But she was swept up in the aftermath of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Reform and Consumer Protection Act, giving her the rare opportunity to help create a brand newRead… Read more »

Remember the 25-Point Plan? Give It A Try!

Vivek Kundra may have departed as federal CIO, but the 25-point IT reform plan lives on. Of the 25 points, agile, incremental systems development stands as perhaps the most important, if least original, prescription in the document. Since federal agencies have a long history of “grand designs” – overly ambitious systems plans with vague requirementsRead… Read more »

Lowly CO Representatives Get New Attention and Status

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is turning its attention to a long-neglected function, that of the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative, or COTR. Starting January 1, 2012, COTRs will simply be called Contracting Officers’ Representative, or COR. The switch from COTR to COR is much more than just a simple title change. It is aRead… Read more »

GSA Asks What You Want in a Federal Web Site

On Monday the General Services Administration, on behalf of the White House, launched the National Dialogue on Improving Federal Web Sites. The purpose is to re-invent how the federal government delivers information and services online. The website created for the campaign asks citizens to share their ideas to help answer the question “What practices, policies,Read… Read more »

Bhagowalia in Hawaii: Challenges Amid The Beauty

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has moved from a high-visibility federal job in the pressure cooker of Washington to become the CIO of Hawaii. Sound like a dream job? While Hawaii state government has a more casual dress code, the job brings new challenges to the table. Read about Bhagowalia’s eye-opening experiences since becoming Hawaii’s first CIO.Read… Read more »

Watery Labor Dept. Rule Leaves Question: Why?

The Labor Department likely wasn’t thinking of information technology contractors in issuing its new rule, “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.” But the IT community will feel its effects. The rule sets into regulation an Obama administration order from 2009 seeking to prevent line workers on a services contract from losing their jobs whenRead… Read more »

Wartime Contracting Can Be Improved With Simple Steps

The big theme emerging from the final report to Congress from the Commission on Wartime Contracting is how to stop the loss of billions and billions of contracting dollars. Are there simple steps to improving wartime contracting? FedInsider examines the report and its recommendations about how the problem can be solved. -> Read More

Federal Senior Management Conference 2012 Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS Does your Agency have best practices to share with your peers across government? Does your business have valuable tools, innovations, and lessons learned that would help government executives improve their programs? Join 200 Federal managers on April 15-18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, a short 90 minute ride from Washington,Read… Read more »

NASA’s Beck: A Rock Star Promoting the Mission

 Beth Beck, Space Operations Outreach Manager at NASA, has created a national community of rocketry and exploration enthusiasts. And she’s helped a generation unfamiliar with the thrills of NASA’s Mercury and Apollo eras understand that the space agency is more than budget battles and tragically lost Space Shuttles. How has Beck boosted outer spaceRead… Read more »