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...]

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...]

IT Acquisition Added to GAO High Risk List

The United States Government invests nearly $80 billion annually for IT functions. Despite initiatives to better administer these acquisitions, IT investments continue to experience program failures on a massive scale. Over a 5 year period, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended over 700 improvements for IT acquisitions and … [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...]

Gavin Newsom’s Citizenville and Next Generation Government

Many advocates in both government and private enterprise seek to bring about a transformation to the relationship between government and citizenry. Recently, one of the highest profile figures in state government has led a charge to create the next generation of government-public interaction through technology. Gavin … [Read more...]

Public Value and Investment Analysis in Government

Both private and government organizations make large investments in resources such as labor, technology, machinery, and other forms of capital that require a sizable budget, but are justified as eventual cost-savers. Businesses have fairly objective methods of measuring return on investment of such initiatives – revenue growth or profit. Though the … [Read more...]

Executive Summary: Contracting Guidance to Support Modular Development

The Office of Management and Budget recently released Contracting Guidance to Support Modular Development. The purpose of this guidance was to “provide agencies with contracting guidance to support modular development, as required by Information Technology (IT) Reform Action 15: Issue Contracting Guidance and Templates to Support Modular … [Read more...]

Managing Innovation in Change-Conservative Agencies

 Implementing change and innovation within Government agencies is not easy. Leaders can face challenges such as resistance to change, lack of internal support, and a lack of resources. However, innovation is often necessary and innovative improvements are in the best interest of the public sector’s constituency. Differing Views on the Definition … [Read more...]

Regression Analysis – What It is and How It is Used

Have you ever wondered whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has too many auditors, whether tax rates are too high for anticipated spending levels, how much money taxing marijuana would generate, or whether a governmental entity could close certain operations to improve its bottom line? These examples, and thousands of others, represent a few … [Read more...]