GSA’s successes with downplaying price as an evaluation factor in picking contractors for large multiple-award contracts has spurred a broader look at this concept.
From cybersecurity to clean transportation to curing cancer, the 2017 budget request from the Obama Administration is ambitious. The non-Defense portion of the discretionary budget would rise to nearly $600 billion. For one view of what the budget is saying and what it might mean to federal agencies, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton and former Office of Management and Budget official during the Bush administration.
It’s a big hairball, but it has a vital mission and thousands of dedicated employees. The Homeland Security Department and the greater homeland security enterprise are still works in progress. To gauge where it’s all headed, the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council and Grant Thornton surveyed dozens of federal and industry executives. Phil Kangas, principal with Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share the details.
You learn a thing or two after 35 years in federal management. David Haun led efforts at the Office of Management and Budget during creation of the Homeland Security Department. More recently, he’s managed OMB’s oversight portfolio for departments that together spend $150 billion a year. He’s received just about all the awards a career civil servant can. Now he’s joined the public sector practice at Grant Thornton and Thursday joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what big management hurdles remain for the federal government.
Chief financial officers often see some of the same challenges in hiring and recruiting financial managers, producing cost information and performance and risk management that they encountered 25 years ago.
Some members of industry described a culture of fear within the Homeland Security Department, which holds them back from doing business with with DHS. The department’s undersecretary for management, Russell Deyo, said he’s concerned by industry’s fractured relationship.
Managers within the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters say the Secretary’s “Unity of Effort” initiative is working better for them than it is for individual agencies. Component agencies say unity programs have little impact on their missions.
DHS Undersecretary for Management Russell Deyo has four major priorities for the final year of the Obama administration. Based on the department’s “Unity of Effort” initiative, component leaders are beginning to talk to each other more and share ideas for improvement.
The rate of mergers and acquisitions in industry isn’t just impacting the Defense Department, but civilian agencies as well.
Joe Jordan, president of Public Sector at FedBid and Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton, count down the week’s top stories with Francis Rose.