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Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of January 02, 2012
Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of January 02, 2012

Updated to include Dan Chenok's contributions


Gadi Ben-Yehuda


Dr. John Bordeaux

  • The unanticipated results that happened, thanks to an innovative recruiting strategy.  HBR case study on the heroes of the Taj Mahal Hotel. 
  • Sorry for the corporate self-interest, but the retirement of our successful CEO bears noting.  Four questions that every business should answer.  How would you modify these questions for a public agency?  Shouldn't your agency workforce know, share, and live the answers?
  • DC economy has long enjoyed the federal buffer.  As budget realities take hold, what lies ahead for the DC region?  The first of many articles on the nation's "company town" and what may lie ahead. 


Dan Chenok

John Kamensky

  • Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program Deep-Sixed.  Federal Computer Week reports that the Coast Guard’s troubled $27 billion modernization program is “officially dead.”  Launched a decade ago to the accolades of procurement specialists as a new way of doing business between government and private industry, it did not work as planned.  A recent GAO report helped put the nail in the coffin. . . . .
  • New OMB Directive:  Make Small Buys from Small Businesses.  You may have missed this one over the holidays . . . .A mid-December directive from OMB tells agencies to small businesses via GSA’s Smart Pay and GSA Advantage programs.  Federal Computer Week’s Matt Weigelt writes that this affects nearly one-third of agency transactions.
  • Another OMB Directive:  Track Details of Service ContractsAnother OMB memo you might have missed, from mid-December . . . . FCW’s Weigelt writes that OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy provides more guidance to agencies as they prepare their annual inventory of service contracts.  The guidance discusses not only what to submit in their 2011 inventories but also gives details about what they’ll need to do differently in 2012, including how each contract contributes to the agency’s mission.


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