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Brian Friel

Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.
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What’s Your Timeline?

October 1, 2008 Everyone is on a different clock. The trick is getting them to work together. Are you retired on active duty? As an acronym, you'd be a ROADie. You've got your retirement date circled, starred and highlighted on your calendar. If you could, you'd put a blinking neon sign on it....

Meeting Up

September 17, 2008 The back-to-back political conventions this summer offered strikingly different visions for government and the country, but behind the scenes they were strikingly similar. Both were massive logistical undertakings. Each host city -- Denver for the Democrats and St. Paul, Minn., for the Republicans --received $50 million in federal taxpayer dollars...

All Contracted Out

September 3, 2008 The past two decades have been a roller coaster ride for the federal acquisition workforce. Government purchasing-largely seen as a clerical, low-grade function for much of the 20th century-has become a high-profile profession. In 1988, only 52 percent of federal procurement workers had college degrees and roughly a quarter fell...

All Contracted Out

September 1, 2008 The federal acquisition workforce is weary from turmoil. The past two decades have been a roller coaster ride for the federal acquisition workforce. Government purchasing-largely seen as a clerical, low-grade function for much of the 20th century-has become a high-profile profession. In 1988, only 52 percent of federal procurement workers...

Marine veteran runs a tight convention

August 27, 2008 It's a little after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, time for Travis Dredd to make his rounds. As the convention's deputy CEO in charge of ensuring that everything runs smoothly in the Pepsi Center, the former Marine sergeant conducted an after-action review on Monday night to identify problems that needed to...

Potty parity: First Democrats, then bureaucrats?

August 25, 2008 Sporting venues often leave women flush with envy. They have to stand in endless bathroom lines at halftime while men zip in and out. But female convention-goers who fear the mad rushes to the restrooms each night after lengthy prime-time speeches will be relieved--in more ways than one--to hear this...

Kicked to the Curb?

August 20, 2008 A leasing crisis looms at the Interior Department, the agency's inspector general warned in a recent report. More than 100 leases for building space are set to expire in June 2009, but the IG's office is worried that Interior might not get them renewed by then. "Some elements of DoI...

The New Open-Door Policy

August 6, 2008 "My door is always open," managers often say to their employees. "Come to me with any problems." Such a policy is well-intentioned, meant to convey the message that whatever is going on in the workplace, employees can talk to their bosses. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but it's not...

House appropriations chair unapologetic about slow progress

August 4, 2008 House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., hasn't been able to do much appropriating in recent weeks. The first fiscal 2009 appropriations bill hit the House floor on July 31, well behind the usual schedule. Work on the 12 annual spending measures stalled in late June because of Republican attempts...

The New Open-Door Policy

August 1, 2008 Get out of your office and see your employees in action. "My door is always open," managers often say to their employees. "Come to me with any problems." Such a policy is well-intentioned, meant to convey the message that whatever is going on in the workplace, employees can talk to...