Posts made in April, 2014

Fixing Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Acquisition Reform, DoD Budget | 0 comments

The DoD Process Simplified I ran across an article from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) the other day by Sandra Erwin on Congressional frustration on how the Pentagon buys things.  Not being satisfied with the progress being made by the DoD Acquisition guru’s, Congress has decided that more legislation is needed to fix things (Really? Congress is going to fix something?).  The Congress has asked nine of the industry associations around the Beltway to provide comments on how to make it better, with inputs due in July.  I belong to several of those and I’m glad...

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Demographics and Aging Systems: At the Confluence of Change

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Retirement, Uncategorized, work force | 0 comments

by John Radford, Former Oregon State Controller; Chair of the Institute for Modern Government, Willamette University; Senior Advisor, Executive Team, H.J. Steininger PLLC I’m as frustrated with the pace of change along with everyone else in the country, but as a retired government employee, I know and understand it’s not the employees; it’s the overwhelming lack of consistent applied research and development in core government-systems that is at the heart of the problem. Efforts to modernize government typically run into the financial chopping block for a wide variety of reasons.  Budgets...

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What to Drive today? Porsche or Maserati?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in DoD Budget, Leadership, QDR, Working Capital Funds | 0 comments

Let’s see…..What do I drive to work this morning?  My Porsche or my Maserati?  Gosh, it’s such a tough choice.   When I read all the rhetoric coming out of the Pentagon theses days about the tough choices they are making over there, I tend to think that’s their definition of  a “tough choice.” Granted they do make a few hard choices, but none of them are the budget choices they are making for the FY15 budget that’s on the Hill right now.  They have so much money to deal with that the normal ways in which you or I would deal with problems is not possible....

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