December 25, 2011

GAO Says FMCSA Grant Management Still a Risk

A new report, issued this month, faults the agency for not doing a better job formalizing its grants management policies, training its staff in those policies, and involving its lawyers in reviewing grants.
December 21, 2011

GATB Proposes Standard Grants Identification System

Government Accountability & Transparency Board addresses grants in first report.
September 25, 2011

Telecommuting Is About Productivity, Not Pajamas

A company called CareerBuilder “the U.S.‘s largest online job site,” sent out a news release this month with the headline “Nearly One-in-Five Americans Who Work From Home Spend One Hour a Day or Less Working, CareerBuilder Survey Finds.” The question CareerBuilder tried…
September 23, 2011

How much does a government employee cost?

What does our federal workforce cost us? It’s a hard question to answer, because the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t say what the loaded cost is. BLS says the average federal salary is $35.65/hour (see their website), but that isn’t the…
June 2, 2008

Our Social-Networking Government

Recently I attended the Web Managers Roundtable here in DC for the first time. (I can’t link to it because I can’t find it on the Web: It doesn’t have a Web site!) The Roundtable is managed by Julie Perlmutter, who wears a tiara…
October 18, 2005

Challenging Torvald: Specs Are the Language of Negotiation

According to an article in SYS-CON, Linus Torvald posted a message on the ‘net saying that specs don’t help in software development, that they are a needless level of abstraction. Torvald may be right when the developer is the client, creating a program…
October 3, 2005

The Information Pioneers

Last week I attended the a reunion of the NSFnet crowd — lots of people whose names you probably don’t know (and a few whose names you’d recognize immediately, like Dave Farber), who 20 years ago developed the standards and the systems that…