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How to Improve the Health of Your Agency's IT Portfolio

November 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kris van Riper is a practice leader at CEB and Nelson Wolf is a research analyst at CEB. While many experts have discussed the growing importance of technology to government and citizen services, federal budget statistics suggest there is plenty of progress left to make. Despite a widespread focus on...

FITARA: The Messy Reality of Unintended Consequences

March 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kris van Riper is a practice leader at CEB and Audrey Mickahail is a senior executive adviser at CEB. Many federal IT leaders have expressed optimism about the potential for the Federal Information Technology Reform Act to help increase the speed and efficiency of federal IT, helping the government catch...

5 Ways to Get a Leg Up on FITARA

April 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kris Van Riper is a practice leader at CEB and Lon Zanetta is a senior executive adviser at CEB. Many federal IT leaders are uncertain of what to expect from the recent passage of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. With the Office of Management and Budget’s formal implementation guidance...

5 Tips for Hiring the Next Generation of Feds

July 14, 2014 You’ve likely seen articles and anecdotes about the upcoming retirement wave, in which a large portion of federal employees will retire in the next several years, possibly creating significant leadership and staffing gaps. While there is considerable debate about when and at what velocity the wave will hit, one thing...

3 Ways to Build an Agile Workforce

April 3, 2014 Federal employees are facing unprecedented changes at every turn. This has leaders asking: “How can I equip my teams to adapt quickly and successfully to change?” Or, more simply: “How do I build a more agile workforce?” Agility is a word we hear frequently in conversations with federal leaders, and...

Employee Engagement Isn’t Enough

March 14, 2014 The most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results show that most major indicators of employee engagement fell last year, creating a cumulative drop of almost 5 percent from 2011 to 2013. In response, agencies have doubled their efforts on engagement strategies, but the continued reality of budget limitations, staffing shortages...

A Call to Action for IT Leaders

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, President Obama stated, "The way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there's probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than IT." The problems associated with HealthCare.gov made headlines and...

How to Review Your Agency’s FedView Results

December 2, 2013 Following the release of the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FedView) results, you’ve likely heard the gloomy outlook: plummeting job satisfaction amid a year of budget reductions, pay freezes and furloughs. To some extent, the gloom and doom is warranted – positive government-wide responses to the survey dropped across the...

4 Ways to Improve Morale Post-Shutdown

October 23, 2013 Most federal managers have spent the last several weeks focusing on Congress, the budget impasse and factors outside of their control. The good news is that employees have returned to work and federal managers now have the ability to control one of the most important drivers for the future success...

Analysis: The Federalist IT Papers

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Few chief information officers would look to the founding fathers for information technology leadership advice. In fact, many would be skeptical of insights from men who did their best work with a quill pen and communicated only by letters or in-person meetings. This is partly because IT leaders often underestimate...

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