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How analytics can cure today’s procurement woes

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Via Washington Technology by Walt Sirene

Using spend analytics can help solve many of today’s procurement woes. Here are 10 questions to ask that can make for better acquisitions.

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DHS to centralize budgeting, aquisition

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Via Federal Times

The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to centralize its budgeting and acquisition processes in order to boost efficiency, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

While contract oversight and transparency is a lofty goal, some folks would rather avoid it.  Here is my top ten list of how to avoid contract oversight:

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No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

Via govexec.com by Eric Katz

Obama administration decides to keep government open on Tuesday.

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Does doing a great job just get you more work?

Does doing a great job just get you more work?

In every organization, there are the superstars and there are those who are struggling.  The level of skills and capabilities can vary greatly across members of the acquisition team.  But what happens when you are one of the superstars?

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6 Trends Driving Change in Government

Via govexec.com by Dan Chenok, IBM Center for the Business of Government

IBM’s Center for the Business of Government recently to released a report detailing six trends driving change in government. The new report is premised on the fact that government is in the midst of significant changes that have both near-term con­sequences and lasting impact. Such changes become more complex in nature and more uncertain in effect. At the same time, the demands on government continue to grow while the collective resources available to meet such demands are increasingly con­strained.

Government leaders, managers, and stakeholders face major challenges, including fiscal austerity, citizen expecations, the pace of technology and innovation, and a new role for governance.   These challenges influence how government executives lead today, and, more impor­tantly, how they can prepare for the future.  The report is intended to help paint a path forward in responding to the ever-increasing complexity that government faces today and into the future.

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Post shutdown: Back to business as usual?

Post shutdown: Back to business as usual?

Via Washington Technology by Stan Soloway

There are some tough conversations ahead between contractors and their government customers as they try to bounce back from the 16-day shutdown. Doing tings the usual way just won’t cut it, but will anything really change?

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Now is a Time for Growth

Via RealClearPolitics by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

It’s fine to talk — eventually — about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation’s first priority should be economic growth.

Sorry if this gives conniptions to all you deficit hawks out there. Actually, I’m not that sorry, because it was the hawks’ over-the-top warnings of impending doom that provided intellectual cover for the meat-cleaver budget cuts we’re living with today.

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You Are Essential

Via GovLoop

We’ll say it as many times as it takes: “You Are Essential!”

Yes, you heard us.  Every federal employee is essential. Heck, every government employee is essential, and that includes all you state and local folks. We are all in this together and we don’t have to look further than you waking up and walking into work to see the awesome passion that government employees display on a daily basis.

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Positioning When You’re A Startup Entering the Government Market

Via GovLoop by Jen Clement

The government market offers plenty of opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs to develop a solid income flow to help weather those first few difficult years when businesses are exposed to unreliable and unsteady revenue streams. Developing an effective business positioning strategy is essential in winning that first government contract.

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