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This week: The "Wish I had thought of that" edition.
Agencies tackle cloud, mobile, big data convergence
Agencies are facing a perfect storm of cloud computing and mobility. And it's causing departments to struggle in managing all the data that is coming from it. But help is on the way. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is leading a new effort to help integrate the cloud and mobile with big data. NIST, which is holding a three-day workshop in Gaithersburg, Md. this week, is asking agency, private sector and academic experts for their help in tackling the challenges that come with integrating big data and cloud services.
NIH searches for chief data officer
Another agency is joining in the recent hiring spree of chief data officers and is looking to name its first associate director for data science. In a Jan. 10 statement, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins announced plans to fill the new senior position. The data officer will lead NIH-wide strategic initiatives that intend to make the most of the increasing amount of biomedical research data.
OMB tells agencies to 'intensify' sequestration planning
Agencies across government should "intensify" their planning for across-the-board sequestration cuts, according to a Jan. 14 memo to the heads of executive department and agencies from Jeff Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. The memo — which reiterates that agencies should not yet take steps to implement any budget reductions — directs agencies to continue planning for budgetary uncertainty. That uncertainty stems in large part from from sequestration, which is slated to lop some $85 billion from the budget at the beginning of March unless Congress intervenes.
GSA's Tangherlini sets new priorities as part of reform efforts
Dan Tangherlini, the General Services Administration's acting administrator, seems to be indicating he's in for the long term. Tangherlini, who took over in April after a conference spending scandal rocked the agency, detailed in a memo to employees, which was posted on his blog, Monday afternoon a new mission and new priorities for GSA.
8 Tips For Leading Those Who Don't Want to Follow
Want to test your leadership mettle? See how well you do when leading those not inclined to follow. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people may be comforting, it might even seem like a good idea, but it’s not the stuff of great leadership. The best leaders are not only capable of effectively leading those who hold differing opinions and perspectives – they thrive on it. In today’s column I’ll share 8 Tips for transforming tough relationships into productive relationships.
The Business of Government Radio Show: Dr. Phil Joyce
Federal News Radio 1500-AM
Mondays at 11 a.m., Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
The Business of Government Hour features a conversation about management with a government executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations.
How does federal budgetary uncertainty impact government agencies and other sectors? What is the affect on the efficiency and effectiveness of government? Are we facing a fiscal cliff or slope? We will explore these questions and much more with Professor Phil Joyce, author of the new IBM Center report, The Costs of Budget Uncertainty: Analyzing the Impact of Late Appropriations.
Broadcast Schedule: The show airs Monday at 11 a.m., and Wednesday at noon, on Federal News Radio 1500AM WFED