Leadership

Sweet GovTweets 06.23.2009

Good evening, I have been working on this summary on and off all day …can we say l.o.q.u.a.c.i.o.u.s.? I had to cut out the posts that were Word – For – Word tweets of conferences. I believe Pam is going to look at posting these; but as for Sweet GovTweets …if you are posting 60… Read more »

For Government Contracting, Defining “Inherently Governmental” is Inherently Difficult

By Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. True story: “We only had 4 days to respond. They wanted a fixed price bid,” my colleague told me over the phone, sighing. A week before I had responded to his hasty proposal text request in the middle of developing a report for one of my own Federal clients. I… Read more »

Life in the Trenches with Security for Security’s Sake

Being an IT dweeb, I work an internal Helpdesk occasionally. I’m on the receiving end of a lot of complaints about the websites the web-blocking software blocks. And they all ask me why. Sometimes I can take a good guess. Gambling, porno, hate speech, those are pretty easy to explain, even to upper management. But… Read more »

Federal Eye: OMB Updates Stimulus Reporting Guidelines

The White House has launched a new Web site designed to assure that state governments and other recipients of federal economic stimulus funds fully report information on how the money is spent. FederalReporting.gov will serve as the “one-stop-shop” for all information on the funding, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The agency’s new… Read more »

Federal Eye: OPM Encourages Teleworking After Metro Crash

The Office of Personnel Management has strongly urged federal managers to allow employees to telework from home today to avoid delays on Metro following last night’s deadly crash. Federal government offices in Washington, D.C. will however open on time and operate under normal operating status today. “To the extent possible, managers are encouraged to allow… Read more »

Poor Acquisition Outcomes Can Also Happen With The Government Acting As The Contractor

In light of all the focus recently on federal acquisition reform, one of the agencies with the most problems is the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is a case study on what the failed policies of the past in regards to workforce development have done to the present difficulties with completing the acquisition mission… Read more »

Sharing the World Sisterhood III – Leadership Conference 2009 | Seeking Philanthropic Grantmakers | Seed | Grants-in-aid | Gift | Tax-deductible Contributions

From the Washington Business Examiner by Donna L. Quesinberry RE: FUTURE Sharing the World Sisterhood III – 2009 Leadership Conference FUTURE (Families United Toward Universal Respect) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that supports women in developing third world countries and teaches them a strong organizational model based on volunteerism that promotes self-reliance, networking and family unity…. Read more »

Culture Change for Government 2.0

The text and slides below are for my session at Public Sphere #2 – Government 2.0: Policy and Practice which is being held at Parliament House tomorrow. The talk is just 10 minutes long, so I don’t go into any real depth – but it is a nice, quick overview. For something organised quickly and… Read more »

The Arlington Rap, 80’s Hair, The Massive Hangover, and GovLoop’s Bureaucrat on Sports from the Hokie Guru

Ah, yes… the dreaded lull between the end of the NBA playoffs and the beginning of college football?!? What is a sports fan to do? Here’s something to pass the time!! P.S. Lou, there is no “S” in Illinois… it’s silent, dude. And.. then, do the Arlington Rap!! And join the Hokie Guru in his… Read more »

How Innovators and Early Adopters Fail at the Technology Adoption Lifecycle

Cross-posted from my weblog The Design State There is a very robust and lively conversation about eGovernment being held by government employees online. A lot of great ideas for improving citizen access, transparency and data distribution are being tested and implemented. Unfortunately, there’s an even larger group of government employees, officials, and managers who aren’t… Read more »