Leading the Defense Health Agency: Interview with Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director, Defense Health Agency

With the creation of the Defense Health Agency, DoD has taken a step in changing the way it delivers care. DHA is the starting point for comprehensive enterprise-wide reform. It is a leading example for how DoD will seek to modernize and integrate its system of care -- creating a stronger, better and more resilient military health system for the future.

How Will Government Adapt?: Shifting Defense Priorities and Fiscal Realities

In particular, the Department must focus on mitigating high-risk issues and inefficiencies, including data security and accessibility, base realignment, and cost of employee benefits. The Department has already made progress in employing a change management approach, but further effort is needed. In light of these challenges, the Department can seize the current opportunity to maximize its resources and cultivate more strategic enterprise-level leadership.

DOD’s Better Buying Power – A Path to Meaningful Acquisition Reform

The U.S. Government spends nearly $500 billion every year on contracts, where purchases range from office supplies and automobiles to professional services, information technology, and complex weapon systems. The efficiency and effectiveness with which the government makes acquisitions increasingly determines mission success. Perhaps nowhere is this more important than at the Department of Defense (DOD), which accounts for over two-thirds of all federal contract spend­ing, and where sound acquisition enables mission accomplishment and saves lives.

How Can Bid Protests be Reduced in Government Contracting?

 and Public Policy at Willamette University.

and Public Policy at Willamette University.

Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power

On behalf of the IBM Center for The Business of Government, we are pleased to present this report, Beyond Business as Usual: Improving Defense Acquisition through Better Buying Power, by Zachary S Huitink and David M Van Slyke, Syracuse University.

Using Crowdsourcing In Government

The growing interest in “engaging the crowd” to identify or develop innovative solutions to public problems has been inspired by similar efforts in the commercial world.  There, crowdsourcing has been successfully used to design innovative consumer products or solve complex scientific problems, ranging from custom-designed T-shirts to mapping genetic DNA strands. 

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