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Incentivize Me. I Dare you!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I just finished plowing through the 2014 Performance of the Defense Acquisition report published by Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L).   I was prompted to look at it when I saw this article in the Washington Post on what motivated contractors, according to the report.  Pardon my suspicion at a report bragging about how well the current crowd at AT&L is doing, but I’m suspicious.  First….there’s a lot of statistics included and my experience is that statisticians can twist the numbers to say anything.  As evidence, I...

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To Do or Not To Do: That’s the Question

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I received several comments after I published my last article on “Leadership in the 21st Century” and I appreciate all the comments. In that article I commented on the recent case involving a former Commanding Officer of the Navy’s elite flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels.  After consulting, conferring and otherwise hobnobbing with my  fellow former Wizards, I thought I might offer up just a few more comments on the subject before forever holding my peace on the subject of Capt. McWherter and the Blue Angels.  There was a lot going on there besides just the failure...

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Neglected Nightmares and Forgotten Dreams

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Defense Industry, DoD Budget, Sequestration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I know.  I know.  You are asking what can this article possibly be about? Well, it’s all about the DoD budget (the Dream) and sequestration (the Nightmare).  I’ve been talking to a few budget folks over the past week and asking how is this year compared to others in terms of pain.  The universal answer has been “Not so bad this year.”  But soon all our dreams of finally getting some sanity in the budget process will give way to the nightmarish and forgotten process known as Sequestration.  It’s been quite a journey to get to where the DoD budget is today....

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Command Performance

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I attended a two day session put on by The Performance Institute and Association of Government Accountants this week on the subject of performance management in government. It was a great session ( and I managed to knock out 14 CPEs) with some interesting insights on measuring performance in Federal, State and Local agencies. We heard from David Walker (former Comptroller General), Mark Reger (Acting Comptroller at OMB), Lisa Danzig (Associate Director for Personnel and Performance at OMB) and a host of other performance gurus. I came away thinking that although there has been a lot of...

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The High Risk List: So What?

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Leadership, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Washington Post had a great little piece over the weekend on the number of reports required by the Congress this year.  The article, “Unrequired Reading” states that the Congress is expecting  no less than 4291 reports from 466 Federal agencies and non-profits this year.  Of course one wonders who the heck reads those reports and more importantly, what gets done about them. As far as who reads them, my guess is that even the people who write them don’t bother to read the whole report, so that means probably one of the 18,000 employees on Capitol Hill (638 of whom owe...

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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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