Posts Tagged: better

3 Tips to Make Training Stick for Today’s Attention Spans

In 1998, the average attention span could be held for 12 minutes. In 2008, the average attention span could be held for 5 minutes. In 2018, what will the average attention span be? This trend toward increasingly short attention spans is a major concern for training professionals that are trying to design more effective trainings.¬†When… Read more »

What Elements of BBP 2.0 are Important to IT Programs and Why?

By Tom Kuhn, PhD, Fellow As we move further into an unprecedented era of tighter budgets and post war downsizing, it makes sense to implement Better Buying Power 2.0, the directive published by Frank Kendall, Undersecretary for Acquisition at the Department of Defense (DoD), in April 2013. Bottom line – if you are a program… Read more »

Three MORE Things to Consider When Choosing Contract Types

By Craig Taylor, Senior Analyst The original implementation of DoD’s “Better Buying Power” initiative heavily promoted the use of Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract types. Many federal agencies adopted this approach with the intent to control costs and limit the Government’s risk exposure on acquisitions. This does not remove risk from the acquisition itself, and… Read more »

The Hidden Costs of Firm-Fixed Price Contracts

By John Coombs, CFCM, DAWIA III As fiscal pressures rise, senior leaders across the federal government place additional emphasis on Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) contracts. A prime example is the Department of Defense “Better Buying Power” memoranda. FFP contracting is an important method to add simplicity and cost efficiency, but with respect to services, FFP contracting… Read more »

Framework for the Virtual Government Network

Update Here is a video of me talking about the VGN at the PS Engage conference. http://www.vimeo.com/32839611 ————— Original post with a link to the paper. ————— The following material comes from a paper I recently finished as part of my studies. I took the opportunity to combine what I have learned about Information Management… Read more »

Celebrate!! Celebrate!! Dance to the Music!

When planning a project, do you include time to celebrate? The completion? Overcoming that thorny problem to get things moving again? Figuring a way to still stay in budget? At the Leadership Breakfast – Reston today, we discussed leadership and teams, and of course communications came up as a problem and solution to several performance… Read more »

To Restore Public Distrust-Increase Insourcing.

The very notion of Insourcing which is defined by hiring more government employees versus government procuring these services from government contractors at this time is a sign of a very disconnected government. We at Open Government TV have watched too much hard work from the White House, to Agency leadership, to both the House and… Read more »

Citizens Pitching Ideas to Improve the Federal Workforce

The FedPitch 2009 competition will take place on May 7th during Public Service Recognition Week starting at 1:30pm in the main tent. The event, designed to involve citizens in helping to find new approaches to lead and manage the federal workforce, will be moderated by Tim Clark, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine. During the… Read more »