Category Management to Reform Government Procurement

Federal Government annual spending exceeds $50 billion for IT-related services, security, hardware, software and telecommunications. While recent progress has been made in consolidating technology needs and reducing duplication through data collection and analysis, many agencies continue to acquire IT products and services in a decentralized manner … [Read more...]

GAO Scheduling Best Practices

Government acquisitions rely on project scheduling for successful program execution. An integrated master schedule (IMS) allows all stakeholders to understand activity interdependencies and managers to make informed decisions about balancing program cost, schedule and scope. Of particular importance is how program costs are impacted due to … [Read more...]

GAO Reports on DATA Act Governance

Mention the Federal Government, and it is impossible not to picture mountains of data. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) is intended to provide a structure, which includes the creation of Federal data standards, in order to more effectively use and analyze the significant amount of available Government data. The intent of … [Read more...]

Executive Summary – Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills: the Fundamental Tools of Acquisition Management

As budgets have constricted and Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, the Federal workforce has become less seasoned and more overburdened, which makes the Government less prepared to handle the intellectual challenges that positions in acquisition management present. This fact, combined with less training in argument, analysis, and critical … [Read more...]

Enterprise Architecture at HHS

This is the second article in a 3-part series covering the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework. The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) provides the U.S. Government with a comprehensive and common approach to the strategic integration of business and technology management, as a larger part of performance improvement and … [Read more...]

Basics of Open Data Policy and Federal Awards

Open Data is a U.S. initiative brought about through an Executive Order, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. The goal is to collect and organize data gathered by Executive Agencies through the normal course of business, which is then placed into a comprehensive information system that allows data to be … [Read more...]

Basics of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework

The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) provides the Federal Government with a common approach for the strategic integration of business and technology management. This framework and associated artifacts aid in planning, decision making, and management across agencies. At the center of FEAF is the Consolidated Reference Model … [Read more...]

Strengthening DOD Supply Chain Management

Since 1990, Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain management has been a documented high-risk area on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High-Risk List. The GAO reports that the DOD "manages more than 5 million secondary inventory items, such as spare parts, with a reported value of approximately $98 Billion." To create more effective … [Read more...]

Modernizing Federal IT Acquisitions

A visit to the Federal IT Dashboard is a reminder of the critical need to bring innovation and agility to federal acquisitions. Although significant changes and improvements such as strategic sourcing, IT-based GWACs, and large agency-specific IDIQ contracts have been made to the federal acquisition of IT products and services over the last ten … [Read more...]

GAO: Using Program Evaluations for More Effective Management

The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) was intended to provide federal leaders with objective program effectiveness information and aid in federal agency decision-making. However, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) survey of federal managers, GAO-13-518, indicated a widespread absence of program evaluations, … [Read more...]