Weekly Roundup for July 15, 2016


Weekly Roundup for July 15, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016 - 16:12
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 15:50
The IBM Center's Weekly Roundup highlights articles and insights that we found interesting for the week ending July 15, 2016.

John Kamensky

Reinvention Redux?  Danielle Blumenthal, writing in Government Executive, asks: “If we know what to do and how to do it, is it necessary to reinvent the wheel?”  Maybe . . . just maybe. . . .

Transition Recommendations Hit the Street. In an op-ed in Government Executive, National Academy of Public Administration fellows David Chu and Ed DeSeve describe a set of good management recommendations developed by Academy fellows that they are providing to the nascent transition teams being formed by the candidates for president.  DeSeve elaborates on them in a Federal News Radio interview, as well.

Workforce Management Advice.  FCW drilled down into one of the NAPA recommendations on improving workforce management in the next administration:  “NAPA President Dan Blair said the purpose of the recommendations is to provide practical ways of establishing strong partnerships and communications between the White House and government agencies and to build on the progress made by the previous administration rather than scrapping effective programs and starting over from square one.”

Improper Payments on the Rise.  The Washington Post reports: “In fiscal year 2015, the federal government made $136.7 billion in improper payments, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). And the problem is worsening. Last year’s total is more than $30 billion greater than the 2013 amount.”

Chatbots for Customer Service?  FedScoop reports that “chatbots could largely replace call centers in the next five years.”

OMB Guidance on Enterprise Risk Management ReleasedFederal News Radio reports: “What many in the financial management and oversight community called the worst kept secret in government is finally out. The Office of Management and Budget is releasing the long-awaited update to Circular A-123 on July 15. . . . A-123, now known as Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Controls, introduces a governmentwide risk management program, and it updates the internal controls program to better align with recent changes made by the Government Accountability Office.”

Michael J. Keegan

BYOD is evolving for a cyber-conscious age. Mobile devices have been a staple of the federal workplace for years. The bring-your-own-device practice has gained ground at the federal level, but it brings a mix of issues with which CIOs and other IT leaders must grapple. Experts caution that agencies have serious security matters to consider before throwing open the doors to mobile access to key assets.

New bill calls for agency-specific IT modernization funds. A group of lawmakers led by Capitol Hill's resident IT expert is introducing a bill that would enable federal agencies to create their own working capital funds to upgrade and modernize their Information Technology.

The "Modernizing Outdated and Vulnerable Equipment and Information Technology Act of 2016," also known as the "MOVE IT Act," will be introduced on July 14 by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and five other lawmakers, including Democrats Gerry Connolly (Va.) and Ted Lieu (Calif.). Lieu and Hurd are the only two members of Congress with degrees in computer science.

On Capitol Hill, concerns remain about DOD-VA interoperability. A new bill, which would empower agencies to reprogram funds and bank their own savings, could be an easier sell to appropriators than the White House's plan for a $3.1 billion governmentwide fund. Senate appropriators grilled top Veterans Affairs officials about whether the military and VA electronic health records systems are cooperating.

GSA kicks off search for innovation chief. The search is on for a commissioner for the recently established Technology Transformation Service at the General Services Administration.

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The Business of Government Radio Show.  The management of the federal workforce—including executives—will be a critical factor in the next president’s success. How do we strengthening federal senior leadership, including political appointees and career executives, and enhancing their collaboration? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores this subject with Doug Brook and Maureen Hartney, authors of Managing the Government’s Executive Talent.

Broadcast Schedule: The show airs Monday at 11 a.m., and Friday at 1 p.m. on Federal News Radio 1500 AM WFED

If you can't wait, though, you can listen to (or download) this week's program and all our previous interviews at businessofgovernment.org.