David Shearer

USDA associate CIO moves to private sector

David Shearer will leave later this month to take a position with (ISC)2.

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Looking past November to chart GSA’s future

Changes in the contracting landscape over the years suggest a series of questions the General Services Administration’s leaders should be addressing, writes consultant Frank McDonough.

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DHS continues revising acquisition rules

Responding to IG pressure, the Homeland Security Department has been revamping its rules for awarding risky cost reimbursement contracts rather than safer fixed-price options.

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USDA offers buyouts to CIO employees

The Agriculture Department is trying to reduce its headcount as its budget tightens.

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IG chides DHS for careless acquisition practices

A DHS technology acquisition program needs a change in status to make it subject to greater review, IG finds.

steve kelman

Productivity and the placebo effect

Ongoing studies show that a positive mind-set can have a measurable impact on performance, which offers some tantalizing insights for federal managers, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

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DARPA seeks the next great challenges

"Grand challenges" are ambitious goals, legendary events such as landing on the moon. DARPA is looking for some help in determining what the 21st century's grand challenges will be.

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