Columns


4 programs that collect innovative ideas from government employees

Some of the best ideas for improving government might come from within government, writes IBM's John Kamensky.

Hurry up and wait

Government is always trying to play catch-up with technology. And Apps.gov's foray into cloud computing is no different.

The case for pay for performance

A review of academic research finds tying compensation to metrics can pay off, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

Baseball and acquisition have a lot in common, for better or worse

Intensified oversight undermines support for procurement staff, writes columnist Bill Gormley.

Where is Where.gov?

A basic tenet of good government is knowing where our 'stuff' is, writes columnist Christopher K. Tucker.

Maximum benefit

The idea that the operations of government should be driven by the same motive as private enterprise is fallacious on the face of it, but that’s not to say that government agencies should not run more efficiently.

Marines' social-media ban is bad for morale

Rather than telling troops to get off Twitter and Facebook, the military should educate them about security.

The quick, cheap path to innovation

Inexpensive prototypes make it feasible to test new ideas and get user feedback.

The case for award-fee contracts

Award fees lead to better work from contractors — as long as they are clearly defined.

Monumental task

The second half of the National Archives and Records Administration's name suggests an even bigger challenge than keeping aging official parchments from rotting away into oblivion.

How contractors can help agencies save money

The contracting community should work together to find creative ways to meet OMB’s goal of reducing contract spending.

National health network needs incentives too

The United States runs the risk of ending up with 50 separate health IT networks — and all the headaches they entail.