Everyone with any history in or around government has stories they can tell about federal government procurements. It really is a different beast. There are many reasons why. Perhaps the first 535 reasons are the 535 voting members of the US Congress that have the funding, oversight and legislative powers for how government works. Name another organization in the world that has … [Read more...] about Have You Ever Had A Complaint/Suggestion About How The Federal Government Buys Technology
The Department of Defense (DoD) is still in business and will continue to provide the outstanding defense that Americans expect and deserve. As the DoD budget continues to decline, we can expect extra scrutiny on each and every funded program. This means if you are a supplier to DoD you better get ready now for increased scrutiny. Whether you supply people/services, weapons … [Read more...] about Do You Seek To Support DoD? Selling your Requirements – in a fiscally constrained year
Watching that old pendulum swing! Nothing puts me to sleep faster than the tick-tock of a clock. Better yet: a grandfather clock! I love sitting there watching the pendulum swing back and forth, back and forth. It’s hypnotic! So maybe that’s why I keep falling asleep as this “sequestration crisis” implodes around me! To my ears, it sounds more like the swinging of a big, … [Read more...] about Sequestration and DoD: Watching that old pendulum swing!
IT professionals in the Department of Defense have always faced unique challenges. They serve missions of global importance, in the face of full spectrum threats (with many in war zones and all facing hostile cyber threats), and have always had to operate under a burdensome regulatory environment that can slow most actions. And they have always operated in an environment that … [Read more...] about Love and Empathy for the DoD Technologist
Surely you didn’t think sequestration was over did you? But just in case you crossed this off your worry list we are here to remind you, the impacts of current delays are going to be disruptive, and the threat more "can-kicking" still exists and can make things even worse. Full scale sequstration, as articulated in the law, is also possible. For Department of Defense (DoD) … [Read more...] about Fed IT Watchers: You need to know sequestration isn't over yet
[This post by Hudson Hollister is cross-posted on the Data Transparency Coalition's blog.] Tomorrow a new U.S. Congress – the 113th, elected last November – will be sworn in. The 112th Congress finished its run with a divisive confrontation on fiscal priorities. Advocates of opening up government data are rightfully disappointed at the lack of Congressional action … [Read more...] about New year, new Congress: What's next for DATA?
A friend at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency mentioned that they have a search underway for a critically important new position on their leadership team. Details are at the USAjobs.com job listing and are also pasted below, but I want to underscore something: Clearly they are looking for someone who can think out of the box and I'm sure they want the leader in this … [Read more...] about Ready to work on something that matters? See NGA Senior Executive Position-Director, Online GEOINT Services