The Circuit

McDonough Goes Private

Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik and Associates has snagged another well-known federal official for its ranks. Frank McDonough, the General Services Administration's deputy associate administrator for the Office of Intergovernmental Solutions, will join the company July 1 to help develop its state and local business practice.

With more companies organizing along federal, state and local lines, Phil Kiviat said there is a growing need for consulting firms to advise companies on developing contracts with state and local governments, especially for homeland security business.

McDonough, 64, spent 38 years in the federal government, including the last 23 at GSA. In his most recent position, he has been responsible for interacting with government officials in other countries and with state and local governments to share best practices and exchange information.

When he first started working on intergovernmental management seven years ago, "people's eyes used to glaze over," McDonough said. But now the issue is a growing trend and "it's on the tip of everybody's tongue."

Qwest Fills Government Post

Telecom upstart Qwest Communications International Inc. has named David Peed as its new vice president of government services.

Qwest's Government Services Division is responsible for delivering broadband Internet, voice and image communications to the federal government.

Peed, a five-year veteran of Qwest, will report directly to James Payne, general manager and senior vice president of the Government Services Division. Peed, who previously oversaw Qwest's Defense Department contracts, is now responsible for sales and business development for all federal agencies.

CHCOs Form Council

The Chief Human Capital Officers Council will have its first meeting June 11, Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James said last month.

A provision in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 requires agencies to name a chief human capital officer — a senior-level person who can serve as chief policy adviser on all human resources management issues.

The act also creates a council made up of chief human capital officers of Cabinet-level agencies. The council is envisioned as a high-level policy-planning group that can help agencies improve their strategic workforce planning.

Treasury Intangibles

Protecting intellectual property rights is a hot topic in industry, where a company's trade secrets and other assets differentiate it from the pack. But it's a different story in government — or is it?

Drew Ladner, chief information officer at the Treasury Department, said it may not be far-fetched to apply intellectual property rights to government agencies. Ladner believes that Treasury should be able to get something in exchange for the knowledge or intellectual property a vendor gains when developing a solution for the department.

Speaking at the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils' Management of Change conference last month, Ladner said it is knowledge and experience that enhance the vendor's value, and that should be reflected in the contract with the department. He has staff members examining the feasibility of incorporating the concept into department information technology contracts.

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