In 2017, the next administration will set to work implementing the goals and priorities of the new President. Many of those priorities won’t line up neatly with the agency structure of the federal government, and achieving them will require that agencies work together as an “enterprise government” -- collaborating and integrating programs and activities to achieve common goals and objectives.
GSA is now into its 5th year of overseeing the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which GSA’s website describes as “a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services." FedRAMP recently entered the mobile space for cloud solutions, which will bring great benefits to agencies and promote the use of cloud as a platform for mobile innovations.
“It’s déjà vu all over again.” As this week marks the passing of baseball hall of famer Yogi Berra, his insightful malapropism seems quite appropriate as the U.S. federal government is on the precipice of falling headlong into a second government shutdown within two years. How does the shutdown impact how agencies manage their budgets and operations? What effect does shuttering government operations have on federal employees, grantees, and contractors?
With the upcoming deadline to pass the budget for the 2016 fiscal year, it’s a good time to revisit the impact of past shutdowns and Continuing Resolutions (CR) – both which can delay funding to agencies and cause uncertainty over future funding.
In the mist of tightening budgets, many government agencies are being asked to deliver innovative solutions to operational and strategic problems. One way to address this dilemma is to participate in open innovation.