April 21, 2017

Federal officials are optimistic that the recent Office of Management and Budget agency reform plan will have a positive impact on government acquisitions.

“There have to be new and better ways to buy IT and we need to modernize these systems, because there are obviously operational problems and security problems,” said Lesley Field, deputy administrator for Federal procurement policy at OMB. “So, I think there is a focus on it, and I think the memo sort of makes it clear we still...

April 21, 2017

With the Trump administration’s plan to reorganize the executive branch underway, acquisition officials are seeing an opportunity to refine the way agencies shop.

At the Association for Federal Information Resources Management’s monthly speaker series on April 20, federal acquisition officials discussed how the White House’s embrace of category management and innovation could help move the ball forward when it comes to acquisition reform.

April 21, 2017

Though new administrations are famous for rebranding their predecessors’ themes, President Trump’s recently announced efficiency reforms are being welcomed by the Obama-era planners of such acquisition initiatives as category management and shared services.

Trump’s April 12 memo on reorganizing agencies is an “exciting opportunity for our office,” said Lesley Field, for years the deputy administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. “It’s a good...

April 6, 2017

The General Services Administration is considering whether to remove a mandate requiring industry partners seeking or renewing a schedule to participate in its Transactional Data Reporting pilot.

Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said Thursday voluntary participation in the 3-year pilot—which stemmed from a GSA-published rule last June—has been higher than expected, leaving officials to consider whether mandating participation was necessary...

February 16, 2017

Though FITARA scorecards provide important insights into IT modernization efforts, the current scorecard format needs improvements to accurately evaluate agency progress, according to agency CIOs speaking Thursday at an Association for Federal Information Resources Management event.

“I think that some of the scorecards are not normalized, and they are not representative of very complex, large agencies which have got a lot more progress going on. And I think I can just say some of these...

February 12, 2017

Finding a “coalition of the willing,” as Joyce Hunter put it, is critical for women to succeed in both STEM careers and in government. Mentors and peers can actively support their female colleagues through explicit recognition (“Well, as Jane said…”), making space for everyone’s voice (“What do you think, Ellen?”), and by encouraging each other to take chances and believe in themselves.

Hunter, along with Maria Roat, Kay Ely and Veronica Villalobos, were part of a late January panel...

January 27, 2017

The federal government needs to engage in more aggressive recruitment of women, and female government IT leaders need to do more active mentoring to boost the number of women in the federal IT workforce, according to a panel of top female government IT leaders.

Women in federal IT also need to be more willing to embrace challenges and go outside their comfort zone, several speakers on the panel said Thursday at AFFIRM’s monthly speaker series in Washington, D.C.

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January 26, 2017

Five days after millions of women marched around the world in support of equal rights, a group of female government technology leaders agreed it is more important than ever for young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

When asked directly what advice she has for women who might feel discouraged because of past comments made about women by President Donald Trump, Joyce Hunter, former deputy chief information officer for policy and planning at the...

January 26, 2017

During Donald Trump’s administration, women in federal IT should be “even more vocal,” the former deputy CIO for policy and planning at the Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

Joyce Hunter, a political appointee, was asked during an event Thursday in Washington how to approach mentoring and advocating for women in IT, given what Trump has said about women in the past. Asked how important it is to push women’s involvement in federal IT in this administration, she responded...

January 5, 2017
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Simon London: Hello, and welcome to this edition of the McKinsey Podcast. I’m Simon London, an editor with McKinsey Publishing. Today, we’re going to be talking about women in the workplace. That is, the representation and career progression of women...

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