Posts Tagged: government

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Government Managers as Risk-Takers? Not So Much

Wunderkind Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about risk taking: “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.[1]” And yet a recent government-industry conference[2] included a discussion on the question of whether federal leaders will take on… Read more »

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Can Technology Solve Government Procurement?

A common thread among the recent spate of state health insurance exchange rollout failures (e.g., Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon) was the states’ inability to effectively procure, manage and coordinate IT services from multiple contractors. In each case, the aftermath was a rash of finger-pointing between and among agency managers and contractors, and in some… Read more »

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Small Business GWAC Program

Small businesses are the backbone of job growth and constitute a major force in the U.S. economy. They generate a vital portion of our gross domestic product (GDP) and contribute to growth and vitality of economic and socioeconomic development. In particular, small businesses create jobs and spark innovation, which complement the economic activity of large… Read more »

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Deciding Whether to Aim for the Senior Executive Service

By Lily Whiteman, author of “How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job” and trainer on career advancement skills; Website: IGotTheJob.Net; Twitter: @Lilymwhiteman Wonder whether to set your sights on the federal Senior Executive Service (SES)? If so, it might be helpful for you to consider what the SES is, what it would offer and demand… Read more »

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7 Ways Government Employees Differ from Private Sector Employees

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 17% of working Americans are employed by the public sector. Here on Govloop, we all know what makes us different than private sector employees, but what does the research say? A look at the available research revealed 7 surprising (and not so surprising!) ways that government employees… Read more »

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Trends in Federal Network Connections

This blog post is part of a multi-week series reviewing data and trends from GSA’s IT acquisition vehicles for FY14. Read previous posts at http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/technology/) Connectivity is the lifeblood of government. Government investment in improving and maintaining basic connectivity may be a small part of our IT budgets, but an important one. Reliable and flexible… Read more »