The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 10

April 15, 2016 - Issue 10

Hurd warns against rigid IT budgeting (FCW)

Rep. Will Hurd told FCW that the notion that "if you don't spend it, you lose it [is] the wrong kind of incentive to have in purchasing IT goods and services."

Federal Coach: A reading list for strengthening your leadership chops (Federal Soup)

For federal leaders looking to do better in 2016, there are a number of highly readable books that offer a great starting point and some helpful insights.

To buy better, government must know what it spends (FCW)

Agencies can put more money on mission by analyzing accounts payable data. The former leader of the U.K.'s Government Procurement Service explains what it takes.

5 core metrics to reduce outsourced software project failure (GCN)

Measuring software development at each phase of the acquisition life cycle can help government IT program managers make more objective, quantitative decisions.

White House offers details on $3.1B IT modernization plan (FCW)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will introduce legislation supporting an Obama administration plan to appropriate $3.1 billion for a capital fund to modernize outdated federal IT systems.

Senate Dem queries OMB over cyber acquisition (FCW)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked OMB to outline how it is leveraging several existing authorities for acquiring IT security technologies.

The taxman’s tech troubles (FCW)

The agency spends $2.5 billion annually on IT across more than 20 major systems, yet it still relies on a central data processing setup that went online in the 1960s to keep its revenue-collecting cogs turning.

GAO says mostly good news on cloud contracts (FCW)

Asked to examine cloud service agreements, GAO found room for improvement but said that overall, agencies are covering their bases.

Let's make government great again—and start by cleaning house (FCW)

Alan Balutis argues that the next administration must be bold in modernizing the management agenda.

Crowdsourcing: the democratization of organizational production (FCW)

Steve Kelman argues there's more than just cost-benefit analysis behind the growing use of ground-up knowledge sharing.