Weekly Roundup, August 27-31, 2018
Low Value. Government Executive reports, “Building on the president’s management agenda, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday sent agency heads new guidance on the cross-agency priority goal of “shifting from low-value to high-value work.” Federal News Radio elaborates: “the memo rescinds 45 memos issued between 2005 and 2015 regarding acquisition, financial management and information technology. . . .The cancellation of the policies is a continuation of memo recensions from last year, when OMB got rid of 50 policies on data reporting and modified one.
AI Is Heart of DOD IT Modernization. FedScoop reports: “The move to adopt commercial, enterprise cloud capabilities has dominated discussion in 2018 around the Department of Defense’s modernization efforts. But according to new CIO Dana Deasy, cloud services are just a piece of the foundation for DOD’s plans to make artificial intelligence “the agent of transformation.”
Applied Research for Government Management. Federal News Radio reports: “Over the last half century, there are dozens of examples of partnerships between the government and the private sector around challenges such as transportation, parks and recreation, and high-speed Internet access. . . . But what is different about OMB’s plan to create the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center is the focus on internal federal challenges such as workforce modernization and the use of data.”
Reorg: Interior Re-jiggers Regions. Federal News Radio reports that the Interior Department has : “announced its plans to establish 12 new unified regions across all of Interior’s bureaus, except those that fall under the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.
SAORMS Is Not a Dreaded Disease. Federal News Radio reports on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) move to paperless records and notes: “NARA said agency senior agency officials for records management (SAORMS) have also ensured a smoother transition to electronic records.”
Project vs. Product Management. Steve Kelman writes in a column for Federal Computer Week: “Most government managers, and most government vendors, have extensive project management training and Project Management Professional certifications. But they have little or no training in concepts from the world of product management “such as design thinking, iterative releases, product funnels and analytics, and user research.””
GEAR Center. Federal Times writes: “The Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center is expected to focus on retraining the workforce and finding better ways to leverage government data once it’s stood up, according to Office of Management and Budget officials. . . . the goal of the GEAR Center would be to find areas where government, private sector and academia would have overlapping needs and to develop ideas that benefit everyone.”
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