Author Archive

Jaime Gracia

Jaime Gracia has 20 years of experience in the federal government sector, most recently as president of Seville Government Consulting, a professional services consultancy.
IT Modernization

The true source of innovation in federal IT

Seville Government Consulting's Jaime Gracia argues that to solve its technology challenges, the government should turn to the small-business community.

Acquisition

Why past performance must be part of acquisition reform

Past performance is one of the most important factors in contractor selection, and the government should do more to ensure that such information is accurate and objective.

Acquisition

Comment: Small businesses at risk of subcontractor abuse

Some government officials and large companies can be dangerous for small firms, warns Jaime Gracia.

Workforce

Technology offers no silver bullet

Technology implemented without rethinking processes won't solve much, writes consultant Jaime Gracia.

Acquisition

Small businesses face federal market storms

The federal budget crunch could crush small businesses without more agency support, warns columnist Jaime Gracia.

Acquisition

How to nip those protests in the bud

Better communication and transparency in the procurement process could head off a lot of protests.

Acquisition

Collaboration needed now more than ever

Industry and government need each other if they're to manage the new world of budget tightening.

Acquisition

The hidden cost of strained government/industry relations

Despite efforts to foster dialogue, the relationship between government and industry seems to be on a downward spiral, writes consultant Jaime Gracia.

Acquisition

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.

Acquisition

Bring accountability to contract protests

Government and industry need to take a new approach to procurement before bid protests spiral out of control, writes Jaime Gracia.

Workforce

2 quick fixes for better programs

Oral presentations and post-award conferences can improve the likelihood of program success, writes Jaime Gracia.

Workforce

Insourcing thicket befuddles mandate-focused agencies

The Office of Management and Budget needs to provide guidance on insourcing efforts governmentwide, writes commentator Jaime Gracia.

Workforce

Insourcing is about strategy, not numbers

Contractors help the government fill a critical gap, and that gap must be the central focus of any debate on insourcing and managing a blended workforce, writes Jaime Gracia.

IT Modernization

Web 2.0 can recruit new workforce

The next generation of federal employees will be looking for a government presence in social media, and the government will suffer if it is not there.

Workforce

Government needs wide net to recruit talent

Undergraduate and graduate business schools could help the federal government fill its need for contracting professionals.