Submitted by cmasingo on Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:07
DOD Acquisition Reform Panel. In an Op-Ed in Federal Times, Dee Lee and Hannah Oh write: “Repealing or amending outdated provisions that bog down the acquisition process is long overdue.
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:41
OMB released specific guidance to agencies on how they should prepare their budget submissions to OMB, which are due September 13. The key element being that agencies should submit requests that would be 5 percent below what was estimated for FY 2012 when OMB submitted the president’s FY 2011 budget in February. There have been good stories on this in the Washington Post and
Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:37
I saw an intriguing article
in Government Computer News
, by Alice Lipowicz, on how the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, the National Defense University, and the Air Force are getting together to create a government-only 3-D “virtual world” where they could conduct training and joint exercises. Paulette Robinson, dean of NDU’s “iCollege,” told GCN “Webinars are boring,” and that the immersive experience of bringing people together on-line can be dramatically improved.
Submitted by cmasingo on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:38
But there was a ray of hope embedded in GAO’s report. The opening section assesses agencies’ progress in working together across organizational boundaries, noting “Many of the meaningful results that the federal government seeks to achieve . . .
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:56
There have been a series of studies providing lessons on how to effectively create a collaborative community. For example, having a catalyst (like Lucas) and have a convening place to share (like the OpenGovPlaybook wiki), are great starting points. Russ Linden, an author who is an astute observer of collaborative approaches, recently wrote about the importance of a collaborative mindset. And being passionate and motivated matter too, as this Dan Pink video playfully demonstrates:
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:54
The Obama Administration says it wants to create “problem solving networks” across the government. Well, yesterday a group of like-minded people from across the government convened to discuss creating just such a network around the implementation of agencies’ Open Government Plans.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:53
Legislation proposed by Cong.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:48
The Gulf BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has spawned more than oil. There are all sorts of efforts to track what is going on, from the Coast Guard, to NASA, to the Weather Service. These efforts are from the beaches to the skies to under the ocean.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:46
The President’s budget for fiscal year 2011 promises two interesting steps
toward cross-government collaboration. First was a commitment to using “problem-solving networks,” and the second was to create a cross-government on-line collaboration platform that these networks could use. The General Services Administration (GSA) announced the creation
of just such a platform, calling it FedSpace, to be operational by this Fall.
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:45
As noted in yesterday’s blog on Defense contracting reform, The House Armed Services panel on Defense acquisition reform offered a series of recommendations in five areas in