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Managing Risk

June 1, 2009 The private sector failed to prevent the financial collapse. Can agencies do better? Many of the financial firms that saw their foundations crack during the past two years had extensive risk management programs in place. Using a variety of processes developed by risk management professionals, the firms identified problems that ...

The Right Stuff

May 20, 2009 As Census Bureau officials continue to salvage what they can from the bureau's failed decennial automation project, it has increasingly become a real-time case study in core problems plaguing the federal government's contracting practices. The original $600 million contract, awarded to Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp. in April 2006, would have ...

Key Standards

May 6, 2009 A crucial aspect of most management quality programs is standardization-an attempt to make sure processes produce optimal results every time. One reason standardization is easier said than done is because data systems have yet to allow us to enter data once and then let everyone who needs that information access ...

Key Standards

May 1, 2009 The barriers to reliable information sharing are numerous. A crucial aspect of most management quality programs is standardization-an attempt to make sure processes produce optimal results every time. One reason standardization is easier said than done is because data systems have yet to allow us to enter data once and ...

Nudging Concerns

April 22, 2009 President Obama's nomination of law professor Cass Sunstein as the administration's regulatory chief this week could be the start of a running debate about the design of government programs. Sunstein is co-author of the 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, which argues that programs can be ...

Defense chief announces weapons cuts

April 6, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday afternoon announced a slate of proposed cuts to military weapons programs that will surely ignite major fights on Capitol Hill this year. Gates announced several major cuts: halting production of F-22 fighter jet, eliminating the VH-71 presidential helicopter program, killing the Air Force's CSAR-X ...

All Ears

April 1, 2009 In 2004, a Justice Department section chief went to the head of her division, an assistant attorney general, with a problem. She told him she was concerned that one of his four deputy assistant attorney generals was hiring unqualified applicants. She did not drop the bigger bombshell-that she thought the ...

All Ears

April 1, 2009 Good managers don't just listen, they respond and act. In 2004, a Justice Department section chief went to the head of her division, an assistant attorney general, with a problem. She told him she was concerned that one of his four deputy assistant attorney generals was hiring unqualified applicants. She ...

Pentagon aims to bring jobs back in house

March 18, 2009 Defense contractors enjoyed robust growth in business over the past decade as both the Clinton and Bush Pentagons converted tens of thousands of jobs from government employees to contractor personnel. But as the Obama administration looks for ways to reduce growth in the defense budget, the Pentagon is eyeing those ...

Conversation Starter

March 18, 2009 The future is not looking bright for the National Security Personnel System, much to the delight of many disgruntled participants in the Defense Department's pay and performance management program. The Pentagon has halted expansion of NSPS pending a review by the Obama administration -- an omen of likely doom. The ...