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Memo to the President

January 1, 2001 The top management challenges facing government's new CEO and what he ought to do about them. s George W. Bush takes office primed with national policy plans, he may find he lacks the management machinery and staff to enact his agenda. Lacking a clear electoral mandate and facing a nearly...

National Mail Order Pharmacy, DoD

August 15, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com The National Mail Order Pharmacy saves money and time for military service members and their dependents, frees up Defense Department funds to improve other health programs and serves as a model for further innovation by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. DSCP is branching out of the wholesale supply business...

GSA Advantage!

August 15, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com Not very many people realize it, but the federal government was an e-tailing pioneer, opening its first Web shopping mall in 1995, the same year that Amazon.com started "Earth's Biggest Bookstore." Back when Web technology was in its infancy, the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service opened the virtual...

Award-Winning Acquisition

August 15, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com overnment is moving away from buying goods and services piecemeal toward acquiring business solutions aimed at achieving agencies' results-based strategic goals. The change has forever altered what agencies buy, how they buy it, who is involved in buying and the role of acquisition in overall agency management. Government Executive,...

Award-Winning Acquisition

August 15, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com overnment is moving away from buying goods and services piecemeal toward acquiring business solutions aimed at achieving agencies' results-based strategic goals. The change has forever altered what agencies buy, how they buy it, who is involved in buying and the role of acquisition in overall agency management. Government Executive,...

E-Invasion

June 1, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com hat giant buzzing you've been hearing recently is the sound of Internet dot.coms swarming the government market. Following the success of business-to-consumer (B2C) Internet e-commerce sites such as eBay, Amazon.com and E-Trade, dot.coms moved swiftly into the business-to-business (B2B) market last year. Some are helping companies streamline and automate...

The Results Act Is Dead

May 1, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com come here not to praise the Results Act, but to bury it. You can tell it's dead by the way the Clinton administration is handling it-at arm's length-like something that smells. March should have been the capstone month for the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act, as it's officially...

Trump Card

May 1, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com o matter how you cut 'em, purchase cards are coming up aces. In fiscal 1999, Uncle Sam saved an estimated $1.1 billion on 21 million purchase card transactions. In the same year, rebates based on sales volume and fast payment netted the government more than $55 million. Four new...

The Results Act is dead; long live the Results Act

March 16, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com I come here not to praise the Results Act, but to bury it. You can tell it's dead by the way the Clinton administration is handling it-at arm's length, like something that smells. March 2000 should have been the capstone month for the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act,...

Measuring Up

March 1, 2000 alaurent@govexec.com f the Government Performance Project's findings are any indication, managing federal agencies is as much art as science. And the same is true of rating agency management, we've found, after three years of experience. Government Executive joined the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute of Syracuse University's Maxwell School...