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MGT Act Looks Promising But...

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alan P. Balutis is senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems, Inc.'s U.S. public sector. The trade press reminded us recently we have far to go before we sleep. The House recently passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said he was confident the Senate will...

The Path to Better Management of Government’s Huge Programs

April 7, 2017 With the enactment of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act late last year, the federal government has the opportunity and mandate to address two long-standing challenges: delivering successfully on large-scale change initiatives and addressing the dearth of well-qualified program managers across executive branch agencies. For a government that operates...

Get Ready: Presidential Transitions Are Full of Surprises

November 3, 2016 In early August, shortly after the party conventions ended, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump moved their transition teams into office space near the White House. Briefing books were prepared for the teams, and both nominees began receiving intelligence reports. The search for 100 pre-cleared individuals who could move quickly into...

The Upcoming Presidential Transition: A Guide for Career Managers and Executives

August 3, 2016 The political party conventions are over and earlier this week the transition teams for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump moved into office space near the White House. Departmental briefings are underway in preparation for an orderly transfer of power to the 45th president of the United States, who will take...

IT Modernization Fund: Hope on the Hill?

June 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alan P. Balutis is senior director and distinguished fellow at the U.S. public sector at Cisco Systems, Inc. Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott continues his association and trade event speaking tour trying to drum up support for the $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund included in the president’s fiscal year...

CIOs Missing Out

July 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the June 15 issue of Government Executive, "Racing to Innovate," author Andrew Noyes addresses the challenges facing federal chief information officers. In a recent excerpt in the online version, Noyes reiterates a major point of his well-done article, that "federal CIOs are key to Obama's change agenda." That may...

Preparing for the Transition: What Appointees Want

November 4, 2008 This article has been updated. This four-part series on preparing for the presidential transition is the result of surveys and interviews conducted by Alan Balutis, a former federal executive with more than 30 years of government experience. Balutis, who served as the Commerce Department's first chief information officer, is now...

Preparing for the Transition: Two Schools of Thought

October 29, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Click here to read the full series. This week former government executive John Marshall points out that knowing what political appointees are thinking can help with developing a plan to respond to the incoming administration. He also offers advice on what should be on the minds of career managers. Marshall...

Preparing for the Transition: Two Schools of Thought

October 28, 2008 This article has been updated. This four-part series on preparing for the presidential transition is the result of surveys and interviews conducted by Alan Balutis, a former federal executive with more than 30 years of government experience. Balutis, who served as the Commerce Department's first chief information officer, is now...

Preparing for the Transition: Mars and Venus

October 21, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Click here to read the full series. This week Steve Dewhurst, a senior consultant with World Perspectives Inc., advises career executives on successfully courting political appointees. Dewhurst served as director of budget and program analysis at the Agriculture Department from 1978 to 2005. 1. Accentuate the positive. Working with political...