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    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security

    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security
    When the Office of Management and Budget's Peter Orszag put out a memo in June saying "the Federal hiring process needs to be reformed. The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening. Read the OMB memo here Homeland Security is well on its way to hiring as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts, ...
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    The Retirement Wave

    The Retirement Wave
    Predictions have been made about a coming wave of retirements as baby boomers reach their 60's. Census Bureau estimates show that 78 million baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and they are now beginning to hit early retirement eligibility. But a funny thing has happened on the way to retirement. Inside the Federal Government and in workplaces all across ...
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    The Government Really is a Good Buyer

    You've heard the horror stories. A nearly 10-year delay in acquiring new aerial refueling tankers. Big cost overruns on the electronic fence between the U.S. and Mexico. A failed interagency contract to build a system for handling Veterans benefits claims. It's all enough to make anyone ask, can the government buy anything right? Do taxpayers ever get their money's worth? Such ...
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    Vendors Face Smaller Profit Margins From Government Work

    You can tick off a list of federal project failures from the FBI's Virtual Case File to the Homeland Security Department's E-Merge program that dot the history of acquisition. Add to that the famous examples such as the $500 hammer and the $1,000 toilet seat, and you can see how the perception that the government can't buy economically even if the ...
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    GSA Makes Its Case That The Government is a Good Buyer

    As commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, I often hear the phrase, "The government is a bad buyer." I have a different perspective. FAS works with more than $50 billion a year in taxpayer money. By serving as the government's central acquisition source, the General Services Administration has for six decades provided customers with efficient and best value products, services and ...
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    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!

    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!
    Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, most U.S. airport security was aimed at making sure people didn't bring guns on board or try to hijack aircraft to Cuba or Libya. These were serious concerns because they had happened before. Editor's Note: Mike's column today is part of FederalNewsRadio's special report, 5 Fallacies of Government? All this week we examine commonly held beliefs ...
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    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all
    For Jeffrey Zients, the chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget and long-time D.C. entrepreneur and businessman, his first job in the Federal Government offers an opportunity to cast this judgement on the process by which almost all civilian employees of the government are hired: "In my experience, the best talent doesn't loiter for five months," he told ...
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    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge

    Office of Naval Research is Proof of Government's Technology Cutting Edge
    Another convenient stereotype attached to all things related to the Federal Government is the notion that somehow, all those billions of dollars spent annually still result in technology that is "behind the curve". Several years ago, DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, sponsored the DARPA Urban Challenge, to spur college students, inventors, and industry to develop autonomous robotic vehicles for ...
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    DHS science and technology puts innovation first

    It is a dangerous world out there, where threats -- both manmade and natural -- are predictably unpredictable. We cannot always find answers in an off-the-shelf toolbox. That is the thinking here in the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate, where we spend a small portion of our research and development (R&D) budget on high-risk, high-payoff ideas. [photo:115463] Each ...
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