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March Madness gives agencies a how-to guide to build championship HR teams

Liam Ackland, president of NGA.NET North America, encourages agencies to model their recruiting strategies after successful college basketball teams, which traditionally shy away from "one-and-dones."

Tags: Liam Ackland , NGA.NET , human capital , management , hiring , workforce , retention

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:43am EDT

Instead of remaking the SES, let's create something completely new

The key to SES reform is not about tweaking the SES or writing a set of guiding principles that no one will follow. Former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal takes you inside his idea for an entirely new merit-based construct, neither career nor political, that is focused on a much smaller number of critical federal jobs.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International , management , SES , SES reform , workforce

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:38am EDT

Federal open source software activities are growing

The wave of the future in government digital innovation may be in the open source arena, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , technology , open source , FDsys , GPO , Jarid Cottrell , Booz Allen Hamilton , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:22am EDT

Why do feds and contractors have such a bad reputation outside DC?

Two huge steps could go a long way toward healing the frustration taxpayers have with agencies and vendors, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tags: industry , contracting , management , In Depth

Monday - 03/23/2015, 07:30am EDT

3 ways to spark innovation in government

How long are we going to let outdated practices, inefficient processes and unequipped leadership disarm real innovation? asks Paul Brubaker, a former Defense Department official, in a new commentary.

Tags: Paul Brubaker , VMware , Airwatch , innovation , Clinger-Cohen Act , management , technology

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:00am EDT

If it works, kill it: How bureaucracy stops progress

Bureaucracies may be good at some things, but they always excel at one self-preservation, says Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , shared services , FITARA , management ,

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:52pm EDT

How many contractors does the government have?

The Congressional Budget Office recently revealed that it didn't have any comprehensive information about the size of the federal government's contracted workforce. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says knowing that number might not matter too much to taxpayers in the long run.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International , DHS , human capital , contracting , industry , workforce , management ,

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:31pm EDT

Contracting Commandment 10: Thou shalt not stereotype thine opponent

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to us in our business career is to make the mistake of stereotyping our adversary, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This commentary is the final installment of the 10-part series, 10 Commandments for Government Contractors.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , acquisition , contracting , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 01:29pm EDT
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GSA proposed rule raises 'significant concerns' over competition

A system that seeks to drive down pricing through constant comparison of individual transactions leads to a downward or death spiral in pricing that is inconsistent with the dynamics of the commercial marketplace, acquisition expert Roger Waldron says in a new commentary about the proposed rule.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA , transactional data , Federal Supply Schedule , acquisition , contracting , Price Reduction Clause

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 02:39am EDT

Why BRAC is good news for VA, but bad news for DoD and the Postal Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald seems to be closing the deal several secretaries of Defense and at least one postmaster general couldn't, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tags: Francis Rose , DoD , Veterans Affairs , BRAC , USPS , workforce

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:07am EDT
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