Can you “manage” innovation? Creativity is elusive … fleeting … lightning in a bottle. So, how do you make it part of your company’s DNA? There are no easy answers, but there are three key principles that’ll help your organization.
The first sequester, aka, the bill so heinous no Congressman will allow it to happen, of course, happened. But, according to federal budget experts, the second one will be much worse. Why? Because all the “easy” stuff’s already been cut.
At the request of the Pentagon, GSA is exploring the addition of a cost-reimbursable option to its current award schedules. Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said that OASIS will include the option and will be available soon.
The Department of Defense’s certainly taken its lumps regarding contracting, from being harangued by Congress about cost overruns to struggling under the backlog of incurred-cost audits. But, at least one DoD official is fighting back to set the record straight.
Last week, Navy officials made their case to the Senate Armed Services Committee that sequester cuts are undermining their ability to complete projects. For example, the Navy needs $500 million to complete its latest aircraft carrier. Your retort, Senator McCain?
This is one of those days where the news is an untidy collection of stuff. The first item comes from Jim Koch, co-founder and chairman of Boston Beer Company. One tool he uses to encourage employee innovation is “string theory.”
Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently introduced the Stop Unworthy Spending Act of 2013 (SUSPEND Act), which proposes a new process to streamline contractor suspension and disbarment procedures.
The federal government is fully embracing the use of cloud services for data storage. Interior alone plans to move 400 data centers to the cloud and close hundreds of other sites, which is expected to save $100 million by 2020.
Obviously no one wants a lawsuit. But, when they can’t be avoided, selecting where a case will be heard is the legal equivalent of deciding home court advantage. An upcoming Supreme Court decision could give that power to prime contractors.