Weekly Round Up: July 1-5, 2019

John Kamensky

Updates to A-11. NextGov reports: “The Office of Management and Budget released an update to Circular A-11, outlining how agencies should be thinking about their fiscal 2021 budget requests.” The guidance includes “an annual review of how programs with citizen-facing services are ensuring they meet the core functions of the ‘CX program maturity model’ . . .  ”

Weekly Round: June 14, 2019

John Kamensky

Designing the Future of Defense and Security: the SPADE Interview Series

Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct a series of interviews for The Business of Government Hour with government executives and thought leaders during this year’s SPADE conference hosted in Soestduinen, the Netherlands.

Weekly Round Up - May 17, 2019

Michael J. Keegan 

Weichert: Budget shortfall, legacy IT woes drive planned OPM merger. The Trump administration plans this week to propose legislation to merge the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration.

Weekly Round Up - May 10, 2019

Michael J. Keegan

GSA plans civilian DEOS counterpart. GSA is developing a cloud email and enterprise services contract inspired by the single-source vehicle the Department of Defense devised for back-office software.

Weekly Round Up - May 3, 2019

Michael J. Keegan

Responding to Global Health Crises: Lessons from the U.S. Response to the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola Outbreak

In 2014, an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea shined a harsh spotlight on global capacity to deal effectively with a fast-moving epidemic that crossed interna­tional borders. Given the seriousness of the situation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), as an interagency platform for coordinating operations to end the outbreak.

Weekly Round Up - March 29, 2019

Michael J. Keegan

TSA pushes on 3D baggage scanning. The Transportation Security Administration is moving quickly on acquisition plans to put "game-changing" 3D baggage scanning systems in place.

How two supply chain security efforts can co-exist. A new task force and an interagency council are tackling supply chain issues, but the government shutdown delayed efforts to sync them up.

Weekly Round Up - March 22, 2019

Michael J. Keegan

IT spend is flat in White House budget. The White House proposes a very slight dip in overall IT spend while pressing on modernization priorities and workforce development. 

Weekly Round Up - March 15, 2019

Michael J. Keegan

DHS grapples with cyber enforcement.The Department of Homeland Security is increasingly using compulsory directives to spur federal agencies on cybersecurity improvements, but cyber enforcers are learning that success isn't built out of carrots and sticks.


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Clara Conti is a former chief executive officer, corporate restructuring guru and founder of multiple business startups. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter. She is lead partner for Covid-19 Tiger Team at IBM.

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