Weekly Round-up: November 16, 2012

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Dan Chenok

Michael Keegan

  • Experts applaud DOD Better Buying plan Defense officials want to avoid a repeat of the aftershocks of the 1990s Defense Department budget cuts, which hit the department’s acquisition workforce hard, taking away expertise while putting an increasing workload on the shoulders of fewer employees. Today, DOD wants convey in its Better Buying Power Initiative 2.0 that the workforce will not take that hit again, an expert said.
  • Report recommends IT priorities for second term Post-reelection, the Obama administration is getting plenty of recommendations on national policy challenges. One set of ideas worth a second look is the newly released compendium of tips on how IT can help slash the federal deficit by more than $200 billion annually. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Institute for Innovation released its 2012 Quadrennial Government Technology Review on Nov. 13.
  • IT can have ‘transformational impact’: Spires “I believe IT can impact this government more than anything else we do,” said Richard Spires. “There is no doubt we can have a transformational impact if we do this right.” Richard Spires: Leveraging IT to Enhance DHS Mission Effectiveness
  • White House group recommends digital form, less paperwork for presidential nominee A White House task force, charged with streamlining the onerous confirmation process for presidential appointees, took aim at duplicative forms and overly burdensome questions in its first report, issued last week to the President and key congressional committees.

The Business of Government Radio Show: Governing to Win Series: A Conversation on Enhancing National Competitiveness

Federal News Radio 1500-AM
Mondays at 11 a.m., Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

The Business of Government Hour features a conversation about management with a government executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations.

Charles Prow has compiled a series of insightful essaysby leading thinkers and practitioners that offer a long-term strategy to improve national competitiveness. “Given today’s fiscal realities,” Prow explains, “the nation must explore alternative policy approaches and ways for government to do business.” He notes that the alternatives outlined in his new book can catalyze national competitiveness in an environment where major new investments will be difficult. Policy makers and business professionals will find this a timely and compelling book in advance of the upcoming election.

Broadcast Schedule: The show airs Monday, November 19, at 11 a.m., and Wednesday, November 21, at noon, on Federal News Radio 1500AM WFED

If you can’t wait, though, you can listen to (or download) this week’s program and all our previous interviews at businessofgovernment.org and by searching our audio archives.

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