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Jaime Gracia

Why procurement reform hinges on industry help

Innovations in procurement require innovations in how government communicates with industry, writes Jaime Gracia, president and CEO of Seville Government Consulting.

Steve Kelman

How mushy mangoes can enlighten acquisition employees

Without a robust past-performance system, a lot of the incentive for better vendor performance disappears, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

The barriers to market pay for the federal IT workforce

Technology specialists would benefit most from a market-sensitive salary system but several barriers make that occupational group the least prepared for the change, writes consultant Howard Risher.

Alan Balutis

Why feds need to get better at studying IT best practices

When it comes to IT, the federal government needs more case studies of successful projects delivered on time and within budget, writes Alan P. Balutis.

Ted Schadler

Why the blurry work/life boundary is not a bad thing

Individuals who can manage the many facets of their personal lives while getting their work done are more likely to be productive employees, writes Ted Schadler, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research.

Aging, customized applications are bugaboo of IT management reform

Modernizing old applications could free a lot of money that is sunk into operations and maintenance, write two executives at Unisys Federal Systems.

Indyke

Look north for ways to save on IT

The United States could learn from the Canadian government's performance evaluation process for IT hardware, writes Advanced Micro Devices' Rick Indyke.

Dennis McDonald

Are smart phones bad for collaboration?

We might be entering a new Tower of Babel age in which the proliferation of devices and standards makes it harder, not easier, to collaborate, writes consultant Dennis McDonald.

Howard Rishner

For federal pay, the answer hasn't changed

Despite the latest partisan rhetoric, there's reason to believe that Democrats and Republicans could come to terms on a more flexible, market-sensitive federal salary system, writes consultant Howard Risher.

Steve Kelman

Use goals to motivate employees

Managers should embrace performance measurement as a way to improve their organizations from the inside, writes Steve Kelman.

Alan Balutis

Saying goodbye to colleagues

The government community and the public lost several inspirational leaders this past winter, writes Alan Balutis.

Rising to the challenge of mapping health data

Brand Niemann offers inspiration and tips for analyzing and integrating the reams of health data available online.

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