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Daniel Pitcairn

Research Analyst, Government Business Council Daniel Pitcairn is a research analyst with Government Business Council, where he writes and produces content on a variety of federal and defense topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Yale University.
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What a Return to Sequestration Means for DoD, in 3 Graphs

April 23, 2014 The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) provided temporary sequester relief to the Department of Defense, but without a long-term budget deal in place, sequestration will come roaring back in FY 2016. To make the costs of this happening explicitly clear, DoD recently released a report documenting the projected costs...

Improving Information Collection to Enhance Mission Effectiveness

April 15, 2014 .form-info img.preview{display:none;} The federal government has set ambitious performance goals for itself ranging from Pentagon audit readiness to sustainable infrastructure, but the data it needs to achieve these goals is not always readily available. From military vehicles and weapons systems to federal facilities and utilities, agencies can improve information collection...

Information Collection: The Key to Better Decision Making

April 14, 2014 Information on equipment, facilities, utilities, vehicles and other assets is critical for federal agency mission execution, but it is often difficult to find or hard to reach. As data plays an ever-growing role in decision making, budget justification, and oversight and compliance requirements, establishing efficient information collection systems will be...

Information Collection at Core of Continuing Contractor Accountability Issues

April 11, 2014 In the Fall of 2011, the Commission on Wartime Contracting reported that between 30 and 60 billion dollars had been lost in Iraq and Afghanistan through contracting “waste and fraud.” This caused considerable uproar over the general state of contractor accountability and provoked a White House memorandum to federal agencies....

Smart Data for Smart Decision-Making

April 11, 2014 Smart Data for Smart Decision-Making from GovernmentBusinessCouncil

Defense Acquisition Reform: Is Something Different this Time?

April 3, 2014 Acquisition reform initiatives are hardly novel for the Department of Defense, but the circumstances giving rise to renewed calls for structural reform suggest this time may be different. At a recent American Security Project event, Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation and Undersecretary of the Army, described three...

Why Public-Private Partnerships are Essential for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

April 2, 2014 As the federal government rushes to shore up cyber defenses, U.S. critical infrastructure stands out as a major vulnerability. Because the private sector owns the vast majority of critical infrastructure, securing the nation's vital physical and virtual systems in cyberspace requires an extensive degree of public-private collaboration. The National Institute...

Does Federal Employee Performance Matter? Two Graphs Suggest Not

March 21, 2014 March 21, 2014 - Over the the past few years, the federal government has begun embracing performance metrics to help enhance mission effectiveness. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 and the creation of a performance management website to showcase Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals in 2011 are two cases in point....

Smart Data Briefing Event Recap

March 12, 2014 [View the story "The GBC - Booz Allen Smart Data Breakfast Briefing According to Twitter" on Storify]