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Op-Ed: What Really Went Wrong With HealthCare.gov

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the commentary surrounding the botched launch of the HealthCare.gov website has contained nuggets of truth, but many critics are too stuck on the particulars to take the broader view. Equally disturbing, the usual blame game is well underway, even though all of the precise causes of the problems ...

Commentary: In Navy Yard Analysis, Where Are the Facts?

September 27, 2013 The horrific killings at the Washington Navy Yard have had a searing impact on the greater government community. The Navy Yard is populated by a diverse array of federal civilian, military and contractor personnel, and the tragedy directly affected each segment of this blended workforce. It is no exaggeration to ...

Commentary: The Compensation Fallacy

June 12, 2013 Everyone professes to be committed to a government of excellence, efficiency and innovation, yet how our political leaders view and treat the very people charged with executing the government’s complex and critical missions suggest otherwise. Civil servants are straining under unnecessary furloughs, hiring and pay freezes, the elimination of training ...

A Hiring Offense

June 23, 2010 Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players you inherited -- despite their losing record. Sound absurd? Of ...

Transparency Trap

June 1, 2010 Requiring incoming contractors to retain incumbent workers could compromise service. Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players ...

Analysis: Hiring rule would limit contractors

April 26, 2010 Imagine you've just been hired to manage the Washington Nationals. Your contract is contingent on your ball club making it to the World Series. But the team's owner says you have to take the field with essentially the same players you inherited -- despite their losing record. Sound absurd? Of ...

Baghdad's Lessons for New Orleans

October 1, 2005 Contracting is vital to recovery, and it shouldn't be hobbled by politics. The challenges of rebuilding the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina are daunting and on some levels almost inconceivable. This massive recovery will cost tens of billions of dollars, and the money will be spent fast. In addition to ...

Protesting Too Much

January 1, 2004 ust before Congress adjourned for Thanksgiving, legislators came perilously close to extending to federal employee unions the right to protest decisions to award contractors work formerly done by civil servants. Had the proposal moved forward, federal workers could have appealed such decisions to the General Accounting Office, just as companies ...

Myths and Realities: The Outsourcing Debate

July 1, 2002 he release on April 30 of the congressionally mandated Commercial Activities Panel report marked yet another step in a long and heated debate over the degree to which the government is-or should be-relying on the private sector for the delivery of services. Last year, the issue almost brought down the ...